Bhubaneswar/Amaravati: In the wake of the meeting between Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao recently in Bhubaneswar, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has smelled a conspiracy in the meeting between two leaders to block the construction of the multipurpose Polavaram project on river Godavari.
Addressing a farmers’ rally in Amaravati, he asserted that the project would get its final touch by December 2019 and no force could stop the work. He also maintained that Polavaram project caused no problems to either Telangana or Odisha.
“During their meeting in Bhubaneswar yesterday, Patnaik and KCR discussed steps to stop the Polavaram project works. I don’t understand why they are trying to block the project that is the lifeline of Andhra Pradesh,” CM Naidu said, addressing farmers.
He maintained that there was no problem whatsoever for Telangana while Odisha would get to use five thousand million cubic feet of water.
“We also assured Odisha that people in the submergence areas of the project (faling in the neighbouring state) will be fully rehabilitated,” he added.
CM Naidu said he would talk to Odisha CM Patnaik on the issue.
The chief minister addressed farmers at the Polavaram project site after launching the process for installation of the dam radial gates.
The project could never be completed if it was stalled for any reason, he said and pleaded with Patnaik not to pursue with court cases on Polavaram.
He also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not showing any interest to visit Polavaram.