With Telangana set to become the 29th state of the country on June 2, the government on Thursday promulgated an ordinance merging some villages and mandals of Telangana into Seemandhra in a bid to deal with resettlement and rehabilitation of those displaced by Polavaram power project.
Cleared by the Union Cabinet in its first meeting Tuesday, the ordinance, called the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014, is essentially aimed at ensuring hassle-free transfer of 200-odd villages from Telangana to Seemandhra to facilitate the construction of the Polavaram dam and save the temple town of Bhadrachalam from inundation.
Asked about the bandh call given by Telangana CM-designate K Chandrasekhara Rao’s TRS to protest the transfer of villages, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “Please understand. The issue was decided earlier. The Cabinet had decided on Pollavaram project. The decision was taken long back. It was approved by many parties. Congress said they will go for ordinance, they did not bring. Keeping the broad unity of Parliament, the decision was taken. We have fulfilled the promise made both by BJP and Congress. There is no controversy.”
“As far as central government is concerned, both regions are important,” Naidu said. The TRS’s bandh call on Thursday, meanwhile, received only partial response.