Telangana protagonists on Thursday alleged that chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was deliberately blocking the execution of late CM Y S Rajashekhar Reddy’s dream project of Kanthanapally in Warangal district and threatened to launch an agitation for construction of the mega irrigation project.
Speaking to reporters here, retired chief engineer and Telangana supporter R Vidyasagar Rao and former TRS MP B Vinod Kumar charged the CM with sitting over the files pertaining to the Kanthanapally project. YSR had given administrative sanction in 2009 and announced Rs 10,000 crore grant. “He laid the foundation stone at the project site but there has been no development ever since,” they alleged.
They alleged that the CM was obstructing the officials from clearing the file and allocating funds for the biggest irrigation project in Telangana. “The Seemandhra politicians were dead against the Kanthanapally project as it would expose the designs of Seemandhra people who are lifting the water from Godavari river as against the norms of Central Water Commission and tribunal orders,” they said.
They said that if the project becomes a reality, drinking water crisis in Nalgonda, Khammam and Warangal districts would be permanently solved. The leaders said the project could store 100 tmc of water and 30 tmc of water could be supplied to nearby Rangareddy and Hyderabad districts for drinking water purposes.
The TRS leader further alleged that Kiran Kumar Reddy was showing keen interest to start the construction of Dummugudem project so as to benefit the Seemandhra contractors. “Though engineering experts and officials had rejected the Dummugudem project long ago, the CM wants to execute the project first,” they said.
Vinod said TRS would launch the agitation for construction of Kanthanapally project. TOI