Krishna district Telugu Desam president Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, here on Sunday, asked the Chief Minister N Kirankumar Reddy and Parliament Member Lagadapati Rajagopal to release a white paper on the present status of Pulichintala project.
Speaking to the media, Umamaheswara Rao demanded that the government review the Pulichintala project with experts and tell people by what time the project would be completed. He said that government had failed to fulfil the promise on the completion of the Pulichintala. He found fault with the government for delaying the project work.
Stating that the project was initiated in 2004, he regretted that it would not be completed even if the term of present government ends in 2014. He alleged that former government adviser KVP Ramachandra Rao received a bribe of Rs 50 crore from the Pulichintala contractors and it was handed over to Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
It was only after payment of the bribe the government had accepted the new design of erecting 24 gates instead of 33 gates for the project, he added. He feared that the dam would be damaged if more than 20 lakh cusecs of water reached the project.
He stated that Nagarjuna Sagar project was completed at a cost of Rs 100 crore to supply water to 35 lakh acres of agriculture land. He found fault with government for allotting Rs 1.80 lakh crore and paying Rs 78,000 crore to the contractors even though they were not able to supply water to even 7,000 acres.
He said that the TD would mount pressure on the government and mobilize people against the government to fulfill the promises of the Congress government. He criticized the government for coming to people in the name of Prajapatham without fulfilling the promises of the previous round of Praja Patham.The TD State secretary Bonda Umamaeswara Rao and west constituency in-charge Budha Venkanna were also present.