Hyderabad: After a brief lull, regional emotions have been raised once again following the Andhra Pradesh government’s objections to construction of irrigation projects across Krishna and Godavari rivers.
Peeved at the objections, TS Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has called upon all political parties in the state to join hands in the fight against the AP government and the political parties’ stand in that state.
“When TS government is trying to provide water to parched Mahbubnagar and other districts, one leader begins deeksha in AP, and another one moves a Cabinet resolution and plans to send it to the Centre against projects in TS.
At this juncture, TS leaders should stand by the state’s people,” Mr Rao said, while welcoming Congress MLA C. Rammohan Reddy into the TRS fold. He said his only aim was to turn TS green and ensure water for drinking and irrigation to every household and every acre of land in the state.
Several ministers, leaders and others have joined the rhetoric against AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s stance. Housing minister A. Indrakaran Reddy asserted that irrigation projects taken up by TS will not be stopped at any cost.
“Why are you (AP) jealous if we utilise our share of waters? What’s your problem if we utilise our waters? We will not keep quiet if anyone tries to create obstacles in the construction of our irrigation projects,” Mr Reddy said.
He said that TS has the right to its share of 1,350 tmc ft of waters in Krishna and Godavari rivers. “We are constructing projects based on allocation of waters in both the rivers. Palamuru is an old sanctioned project,” Mr Reddy said.
Agriculture minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, transport minister P. Mahender Reddy, Planning Board vice-chairman Niranjan Reddy, energy minister Jagdishwar Reddy, TRS MLC Karne Prabhakar and others too flayed Mr Naidu for trying to put obstacles in the construction of irrigation projects.