Mahabubnagar: Member of Parliament from Mahabubnagar AP Jithender Reddy said it was due to his close friendship with former Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu that 50 per cent of the State’s contribution for doubling of railway line between Mahabubnagar and Secunderabad was waived off. He said Rs 12,000 crore was borne and sanctioned in total by the Centre, for which works were in progress.
Addressing the media at his residence after returning from the winter session of Parliament on Sunday, he said a decision was taken to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh High Court after TRS MPs stalled Lok Sabha proceedings for two days.
“Due to the vested interests of some people, the delay had happened. With help of Union Home Ministry and Law Ministry, which brought pressure on AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the latter has identified three places in Amaravati for the High Court. A five-member committee comprising Judges of High Court has been formed and in a week or so, they will take a decision on the location. Then, they’ll notify the President of India, who will give an order. Within 3 to 4 months, High Court’s division should be completed,” he said.
When Telangana Today asked him what would be the first major change that the people of Telangana could see after the division of High Court and who would initiate it, he said he did what his ‘boss’ ordered him to do. “I got the High Court for him. Now, it is his decision what needs to be done,” he answered.
He said all bottlenecks for the construction of Kaleshwaram project were removed due to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s constant follow-up with the Irrigation Secretary and Director General of Forest in New Delhi. He added that successive Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Harshavardhan were very cooperative on that front.
He also said despite Congress party’s efforts to stall Palamuru-Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Project, wherever there were no obstacles, works were being completed on time and as promised by KCR, about 14 lakh acres in Palamuru will be irrigated through the project.
“In 2014, only 1 lakh acres in Palamuru was under irrigation. Today, we could irrigate 7.5 lakh acres by successfully completing Nettempadu, Bhima and Kalwakurthy lift irrigation projects, which were rendered pending by Congress,” he said.
He revealed that a new Sainik School was going to be setup in Narayanpet and 50 acres of land was already identified for the purpose. With Krishi Vignan Kendra soon to be setup and skill development centres set up in Kothur and Mahabubnagar, not only agricultural productivity will increase in the near future, but also unemployed youth will get jobs. Already 1,500 youths were successfully trained in the centres and got placed, he claimed.
He said though Rs 20 crore MP funds were given to his constituency, he had spent Rs 21 crore till now. He pointed out that through constant persuasion, he was able to secure Rs 17.86 crore from CM’s special fund.
With regard to Mahabubnagar town, he said CC roads were laid in various areas (80 per cent for labour component through NREGS and 20 per cent for material component through the convergence of MP funds). Apart from that, he said maximum funds from the Centre could be secured by Telangana through Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojna.
He assured that Rs 100 crore road work between Jadcherla and Mahabubnagar would start again after calling for fresh tenders and bridge works in Devarkadra and Gadwal, which were abandoned by a ‘rogue contractor’ who ran away, would be restarted soon under National Highway Authority.
Accidents on NH 44
With respect to the issue of accidents on NH 44 and other highways, he said despite arguing on the floor during zero hours and writing 30 letters to National Highway Authority of India to construct underpass and bypass roads, works were not being undertaken.
When Telangana Today asked him as to what extent cooperative federalism was happening and in what areas is it expected to improve (from the Centre’s side), he said States which perform well wouldn’t have to depend on the Centre, as through 42 per cent devolution, State’s share of tax would automatically come to every State.
Regarding procurement of food grains by Food Corporation of India, he felt that the Centre should not put a cap on the amount of produce they will buy. “If Telangana is able to produce more, no matter how much increase in yield, the Centre must buy. They should change this kind of attitude towards well-performing States,” he stated. “Modiji has been very cooperative and is obliging to all our demands. We hope this will continue,” he concluded saying so.