"The number of villages that would be transferred to the residual Andhra Pradesh is over 200, affecting about 2.4 lakh tribal population living in these areas," senior TRS leader and Rajya Sabha member K Keshav Rao said after meeting President Mukherjee here.

Claiming that they were not opposed to the project, Rao sought to clarify that their prime concerns were on how to save the tribals from adverse effects.

Rao also alleged that the number of villages accounted for transfer was 130 as per the decision of the Group of Ministers in the previous government but it increased to 200.

The TRS leader underlined that the seven mandals, which would be moved to Andhra Pradesh were part of the erstwhile Hyderabad regime.

The Centre on Thursday promulgated an ordinance merging some villages and mandals of Telangana into Seemandhra in a bid to deal with resettlement and rehabilitation of those displaced by Polavaram power project.

The ordinance, cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, aims at facilitating smooth resettlement and rehabilitation on part of Polavaram multi-purpose project.

The amendment will enable land for land in the same revenue division where people will be displaced.


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