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Political stalemate in the state hampers progress

Fri 09th Oct 2009 09:26 AM
Political stalemate in the state hampers progress
Political stalemate in the state hampers progress

HYDERABAD, Sept 19 :

 The political stalemate in the State  continues to hamper  the  setting up of the sanctioned projects  by the  Centre to Andhra Pradesh  The inauguration of   the Rs. 6,000- crore NTPC- Bhel  joint venture unit to manufacture power equipment  has been postponed inadvertently.

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Last week, the interim Chief Minister K Rosaiah announced  that Prime Minister Manmohan Sing would lay the foundation stone for the NTPC- Bhel joint venture unit at Mannavaram near Srikalahasti in Chittoor district on September 20.

According to the reliable sources  here, the Prime Minister’s Office declined to finalise the  dates  of  inaugural ceremony  at Mannavaram. Reason  cited by  the  PMO’s office was that  the  intelligence  bureau had cautioned  the authorities of possible  disturbances by  Jagan faction  when  the PM  visits  the  state.  Jagan’s supporters in the state  are extremely  disappointed  with the  High Command   and  this  may lead  to  some  disturbances  when  the  PM pays visit to the state.

 However it  is learnt  that   Manmohan  Singh  has communicated   to the  state  government  that he  will not  be  visiting the state  to lay  the foundation stone for the  unit  until the political stalemate in the state following the death of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy is resolved.

The  Mannavaram  project seems  to be  encountering hurdle after hurdle and  God  only knows  when  it  will  fructify.  Initially when  the Centre  has allotted  the  project  to AP,  the  Rajasthan government  challenged  Centre’s  decision. A  technical committee was appointed to examine which of the two states is suitable  for  setting up of the  project.  With the technical  committee standing in favour of   AP, the inaugural ceremony  of  project was slated  for  September 6. But  the sudden demise of Rajasekhara  Reddy  forced  its postponement.

It is only to be  hoped  that the dust settles down on the  leadership issue in the  State and projects  and programs allotted to the state will take a proper shape  for the progress of Andhra Pradesh.