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Addressing a press conference here, the TRS general secretary and party's irrigation cell convenor, V Prakash, said while it was mandatory for Karnataka to obtain permission from the CWC and Andhra Pradesh before taking up any projects on the Manjira, the neighbouring State had already commenced works on four projects. The works on the Kongli and Lakhangaon barrages are being speeded up, while tenders had been invited for works pertaining to Manikeshwar and Saigaon barrages. "The completion of the projects would adversely affect the inflows into the Singur project which caters to the drinking water needs of the twin cities as well as an ayacut of 3 lakh acres,'' he said.
The TRS leader, who claimed that he had visited the project sites to inspect the progress of the works taken up by Karnataka, criticised the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, who raised a hue over the Paragodu controversy for failing to take notice of Karnataka's moves. The Government should at least now respond and ensure that the neighbouring State puts a halt to the works or else the TRS would take up an agitation after discussing the issue at the party's political affairs committee, he added.
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