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Oppn protests harming farmers: Harish


Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao today accused the Opposition parties of misguiding farmers with regard to Mallanna Sagar project in Medak district.

Reacting on the Congress hue and cry and Telugu Desam leader Revanth Reddy’s hunger protest against the project, the minister said Mallanna Sagar project is like heart to the Telangana State. He slammed the Opposition for different tones everyday and sabotaging the projects. Only about seven villages will get submerged due to the project as it was proposed to see that impact should be less on the villages and farm lands while the capacity of Ellampalli is 25 tmc he said. Harish sought to know why the Congress did not protest Polavaram project and TD Pulichintala project while the TRS opposed them.

State Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy should apologize for the Pulichintala project which was opposed by the TRS. He also took exception to the TDP leaders for not objecting to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Nadu for forcing the Centre to merge 7 mandals into AP. The opposition will be held responsible for any injustice caused to the farmers, Harish Rao said. The State Government has taken care to ensure that less number of villages submerge due to the project and the affected families will be compensated suitably, he reiterated. The State Government was determined to complete the project despite such hurdles, he said, adding that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has made redesigning of the projects to lessen the adverse affect.

The Opposition should not indulge in such malicious campaign on the project which is aimed to provide drinking and irrigation waters to four districts, he stated. The farmers should chase the Opposition parties for coming in the way of the works, he said. (NSS) 

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