Uproar over Hyderabad outer ring road project

Hyderabad, Aug 30 (IANS) The row over the proposed Outer Ring Road (ORR) around Hyderabad plunged the Andhra Pradesh assembly into pandemonium Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 | 5:34:59 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Hyderabad, Aug 30 (IANS) The row over the proposed Outer Ring Road (ORR) around Hyderabad plunged the Andhra Pradesh assembly into pandemonium Wednesday.

Allegations and counter-allegations between members of the ruling Congress and the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) led to an uproar, forcing the speaker to adjourn the house till Wednesday evening.

The Congress stuck to its demand that the TDP's deputy leader and former minister T. Devender Goud apologise for his remarks against a member of the ruling party.

Initiating the debate on the issue, Goud came down heavily on the government for launching the work on the project without studying its feasibility. Finding fault with the government's policy on land acquisition for the project, he alleged that the alignment of the proposed road was changed many a times to favour a few influential people.

Congress member Challa Ramakrishna Reddy intervened to remark that Goud was making the allegations as he was losing his land for the project. The TDP leader reacted sharply to this comment and remarked that those having criminal background had no right to comment on his property.

In an effort to decongest the city, the government is building the about 160-km long ORR at a cost of Rs.30 billion. Several satellite townships and IT parks are also planned along the ORR.

However, the acquisition of land of farmers and the poor for the project has come under sharp criticism from different quarters and the Andhra Pradesh High Court recently stayed the process.

Authorities are acquiring 6,750 acres of land for the mega project and more than 7,000 families are likely to lose their land.

Copyright : Indo-Asian News Service
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