Call all-party meet on irrigation projects: BJP to T’gana govt

Call all-party meet on irrigation projects: BJP to T’gana govt

Hyderabad: Condemning the “lathi charge and firing” by police on protesters during an agitation against Mallanna Sagar project in Medak district, Telangana BJP today called for an all-party meet to discuss redesigning of some of the irrigation projects.

“We oppose the lathi charge and firing on farmers and women who are losing their land to the Mallanna Sagar project. It is highly condemnable,” K Laxman, state BJP chief said.

“The government should call for an all-party meeting and take their opinion on redesigning of projects,” he added.

At least 10 farmers from various villages fearing submergence due to the proposed Mallanna Sagar irrigation project were injured in baton charge by police near Yerravalli village in Medak district yesterday.

The TRS government led by K Chandrasekhar Rao has proposed to construct Mallanna Sagar irrigation project at Yetigadda Kishtapur village in Kondapak mandal, for which the government is acquiring 12,000 acres of land.

Around 14 villages are likely to go under water due to the project. Once completed, the project, estimated to cost Rs 9,800 crore, would irrigate 12 lakh acres of land in Medak, Nizamabad, Nalgonda and Ranga Reddy districts.