Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Union Territory Sadhana Samithi convenor, Mr Kodicherla Venkataiah, has said that declaration of Hyderabad as a Union Territory, comprising Southern Telangana region, would be a suitable solution to the nearly six decades’ old Telangana movement.
Speaking to the media here on Wednesday, Mr Venkataiah said that barring Hyderabad, the remaining southern Telangana region, which comprises Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda, Medak and Mahbubnagar districts, has not witnessed any development on all fronts over the last 56 years owing to the negligence of powers-that-be. “More importantly, Mahbubnagar and Nalgonda districts have become synonymous with migration of labour and Fluorosis respectively on the world map, he said, adding that if the entire Southern Telangana region was made a Union Territory, it would witness a sea-change in all aspects on the lives people.
Mr Venkataiah demanded that Hyderabad be declared as a Union Territory in consonance with the fourth recommendation of the Justice B N Srikrishna Committee. He also demanded that Hyderabad be made second capital of the country. His demands also include the Hyderabad House in New Delhi be handed over to the State; a Supreme Court bench be set up at Hyderabad; the waters of the river Godavari be brought to Hyderabad; the third phase of the river Krishna should be taken up immediately to provide irrigation and drinking water facility to Nalgonda and Ranga Reddy districts.
Mr Venkataiah said that allocations in the revised budget should be enhanced for the Kalwakurthy and the Bheema lift irrigation schemes. He said that the Pranahita- Chevella project be given national status. He also wanted a government job given to one family member of those students, who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of Telangana.
The State president of the Samaikyandhra Samithi party, Mr G Kumar Chaudary Yadav, said that dividing the country into smaller States would be dangerous to its unity and integrity. Reminding that the Telangana State could not be achieved though a movement with more magnitude in 1969, he felt that the Telangana Bill would never be introduced in Parliament despite the ongoing stir for it. He also alleged that the political parties were putting the lives of students in jeopardy for their selfish ends.
The Samithi co-convenor, Mr V Srinivas Rao, was also present. (NSS)