HYDERABAD: Two former judges of the AP high court, along with a senior journalist and a senior advocate, moved the Hyderabad high court with a public interest litigation petition challenging the constitutional validity of the AP Capital Region Development Authority Act, 2014 (CRDA Act). The AP government’s plans of building a capital city through the land pooling scheme was made a part of this Act.
Justice A Gopala Rao and Justice P Lakshmana Reddy, the two former HC judges, senior journalist ABK Prasad and senior advocate C Sadasiva Reddy have filed the PIL urging the court to declare the CRDA Act, which came into force on December 30, 2014, as unconstitutional and contrary to the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act.
BJP out to stop Pattiseema
The TDP Ally Wants AP To Complete Pending Projects First
BJP is all set to take on its partner in the Andhra Pradesh government, the TDP, over the controversial Pattiseema project. A BJP team from Rayalaseema visited the project site on Saturday and the party state executive at its meeting in Visakhapatnam on Sunday is likely to pass a resolution opposing the project. The project is already being opposed by the YSR Congress and the Congress.
The 25-member BJP team visited West Godavari, where the Pattiseema project is being planned, and East Godavari districts on Saturday . After interacting with the farmers there, the BJP leaders said the money earmarked for Pattiseema project should be utilized for constructing irrigation pro jects in Rayalaseema region.
Speaking to TOI from the project site on Saturday , P Kapileswaraiah, BJP vicepresident, AP, said, “In our interaction with farmers in East and West Godavari districts, we discovered that the people of these districts are opposed to the project. Their apprehension is that their water is being robbed to benefit Rayalaseema. But the people of Rayalaseema are opposing the project on the grounds that it would not bring any water to their land as the other projects that need to be functional are still incomplete.“
According to Kapileswariah, the statement of chief minister Chandrababu Naidu that the project will enable the state to divert 80 TMC water to the Rayalasee ma region does not carry conviction. Because, he said, to divert the water to Rayalaseema, other projects like Handri-Neeva and GaleruNagari need to be completed.
Kapileswaraiah alleged that the state government was diverting the Rayalaseema drought funds for the construction of the Pattiseema project. “If the government is serious about rescuing Rayalaseema from the perennial drought, it should spend Rs 1300 crore earmarked for Pattiseema to complete all the major pending projects.
The BJP team is slated to submit a report to the national leadership. The team is also expected to brief the state executive, which is slated to meet in Vizag on Sunday . The state executive meeting is likely to pass a resolution opposing the project.