CM urges PM ‘important requests’ for AP
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kunar Reddy today called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and urged some ‘important requests’ for the State. He requested the Prime Minister to allocate additional gas, Rs 3000 crores assistance for drought relief and Rs 1028 crores for Bio-Diversity Connference. Further he urged National Status for Indira Sagar Polavaram Project (ISPP) and Dr B R Ambedkar Pranahita Chevella Sujala Sravanti Projects, at the earliest, an official release said here today. The release said the Chief Minister has asked the PM to allocate additional 3 mmscmd of gas from NELP blocks to Andhra Pradesh. This would enable additional generation of 700 MW from gas based projects. “The Government of India has been requested Rs 1028 crores for taking up beautification works in Twin Cities and the venue of Bio-Diversity Conference on the lines of earlier mega international events conducted in the country like Commonwealth Games wherein special funds allotted to Delhi State Government,” it said. The Chief Minister mentioned that the ISPP is a multipurpose terminal project costing Rs 16,010 crore on the river Godavari benefitting various regions of the state of Andhra Pradesh as well as, the neighboring states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odesha and Chhattisgarh. Since the Project is already getting 25 per cent of central assistance under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Program (AIBP) and according National Project status (90 per cent central assistance) will lead to timely completion of this project. The request of the Government of Andhra Pradesh is, therefore, to declare ISPP as a National Project. He also mentioned that the Central Water Commission has already given in-principle clearance to ambitious project of Dr B R Ambedkar Pranhita Chevella Sujala Sravanti Project costing Rs 38,500 crore. The project consisting of 28 packages had been grounded. This Project is covered under Prime Minister’s Relief package for distressed districts and envisages creating an ayacut of 6.7 lakh hectares (16.4 lakh acres) in the 9 districts of Telangana region, supplying 30 TMC of water to twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad apart from 10 TMC of water for enroute villages and for industrial use, the release added.