Hyderabad: Former Congress MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday concluded his four-day 'padayatra' for construction of multi-purpose Polavaram irrigation project at Polavaram town in West Godavari district.
Addressing a public meeting, Jagan alleged that the state would become a 'desert' if the project is not taken up.
The Polavaram project would benefit not only the coastal districts but also Telangana and Rayalaseema, he said adding if it was constructed earlier, it would have cost much less.
It was only the late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy who made sincere efforts to get national status for the project, he said.
Jagan loyalists Congress MPs M Rajamohan Reddy (Nellore) and Sabbam Hari (Anakapalle)attended the meeting.
Jagan had begun his 'padayatra' at Ravulapalem in East Godavari district four days ago.
The Polavaram project was conceived as a multipurpose scheme providing irrigation to 4.36 lakh hectares, water supply to towns and villages en route, and generating hydel power with an installed capacity of 960 MW. The project envisaged construction of an earth-cum-rockfill dam.