Telangana shut in protest as govt approves ordinance on Polavaram dam

Hyderabad: A bandh was being observed in
Telangana region on Thursday to protest the reported move to merge
villages in seven mandals of Khammam district with the
residuary state of Andhra Pradesh for construction of the mega
Polavaram project.

 Telangana shut in protest as govt approves ordinance on Polavaram dam

K Chandrashekar Rao. AFP

The shutdown call was given by Telangana Rashtra Samithi
(TRS) Chief and Chief Minister-designate K Chandrasekhar Rao
on Wednesday condemning what he termed as "injustice" to
Telangana.

TRS leaders and activists took to streets in Telangana
districts and here raising slogans against the move to bring
villages of seven mandals in Khammam district in Telangana
with East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh for the
construction of the Polavaram irrigation project.

TRS workers were seen holding protests in front of bus
depots across Telangana affecting bus-services. Shops and
business establishments downed shutters in the districts
following the bandh.

"The bandh is going on peacefully. So far there are no
reports of any incidents. Buses have stopped plying...all
security arrangements are in place to maintain law and order,"
a senior police official said.

In view of the Telangana bandh, all examinations
conducted by the Osmania University, including Post-Graduate
Engineering Common Entrance Test (PGECET), scheduled for Thursday
have been postponed.

Telangana will come into existence on June 2 as the 29th
state.

PTI

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Updated Date: May 29, 2014 12:03:30 IST