It is mayhem near Gajwel in Medak district (Chief Minister K Chadrasekhar Rao’s constituency) as since the last few days opposition parties have been coming in droves to express their solidarity to the warring farmers. In fact despite what CM would like us all to believe there are farmers in around 13 villages where the Mallanna Sagar project is being constructed, who are unhappy with the forceful land acquisition (20,079 acres), and are protesting for not receiving the right compensation for their lands and many farmers do not want the project to come up as their villages will be inundated.. State Irrigation Minister Harish Rao of course denies it. The massive protests have been on since over a month now, however with the opposition party leader s and workers descending upon Medak, it started bearing a war zone-like situation since the last few days.
The parties called for a bandh that was successful despite the police cracking down on the protesting farmers and opposition leaders. According to many it is now the real acid test that will reveal the people-handling capacity of the Telangana government that until now has only been using force to quell the voices of the farmers.
The proposed project is at the cost of Rs 9,800 crore and once completed is expected to store 51,000 million cubic feet of water and irrigate 12 lakh acres in the drought-prone Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Warangal and Ranga Reddy districts. However, 14 villages in the district will be submerged when the project is completed.