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Krishna delta bandh today

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Vijayawada , Aug. 18

THE all-party committee has issued a bandh call in all mandal headquarters in the Krishna delta on Tuesday in protest against the Chief Minister's remarks that it would be difficult to provide water to the delta.

Reacting sharply to the Chief Minister's remarks, Mr. M. Buddha Prasad, the convenor of the all-party committee, said the bandh would be observed in all delta mandals in Krishna, Guntur, West Godavari and Prakasam districts and farmers would stage demonstrations.

He said farmers had raised seedbeds to meet the needs of the entire 13 lakh acres in the delta and transplanted the crop on nearly 90,000 acres till now and at this juncture the Government should not leave them high and dry.

In the past, in worse situations, water had been released to the 150-year-old delta and the crops should be saved this time too.

Water was released from even the dead storage of Nagarjunasagar to save the crops in the delta in the past, he said and urged the Chief Minister to reconsider his stand.

He said the Krishna delta was producing foodgrains worth Rs 1,500 crore and it could not be sacrificed that easily.

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