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TDP registers protest over govt. figures

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Hyderabad, Mar 17 (UNI)The opposition Telugu Desam Party(TDP) today alleged that Andhra Pradesh government was just giving figures that ''did not match reality'' with regard to lift irrigation schemes and the power tie up.

Replying to a question by P Keshav, Dr Nagam Janardhana Reddy and others of the TDP during the Question Hour, the Minister for Major and Medium Irrigation Ponnala Lakshmaiah said that 14 lift irrigation projects were being executed in the state, 12 of which would be completed in two years.

He said 3044.54 million units of power would be required for these projects and added that the required power would be provided from Indirasagar Project (960 MW), Dummugudem (320 MW), Singireddipalli (320) MW and Pulichintala Project (90 MW).

Disputing the figures given by the Minister, Mr Keshav contended that the Indira Sagar project dam work was still on paper and it would take ten years for it to be completed.

In that case, ''how would the government supply power for the lift irrigation projects'' he asked. He also asked how the government which was unable to provide seven hours of power to farmers could supply power for lift irrigation projects.

The TDP member alleged that the Singireddipalli project documents were still lying in the Secretariat and even tenders were not called in respect of some other projects.

Dismissing the arguement of the opposition member that the Indira Sagar project dam construction would take ten years, the minister said that the project would be completed in three years. The entire Hydel power being generated now would be dedicated for the Lift Irrigation Projects, he added.

Disputing the figures stated by the Minister, the TDP registered its protest.

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