YSR Congress Party president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has slammed both the chief ministers of Telugu States for paving the way for water wars.
Launching his three-day Jala deeksha at Kurnool on Monday, Jaganmohan Reddy said upper riparian State’s decision to take 954 tmc from the river Godavari would turn the lower riparian Rayaseema into a drought-stricken region.
Jagan said while Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was speaking like Hitler, Chandrababu Niadu was doing nothing. He said both Telangana and Andhra should jointly fight for their rights and review the water sharing on a fortnightly basis. “If this is not done, an India-Pakistan kind of situation would arise between the two Telugu States,” Jagan said. He reminded that both the regions used to fight unitedly against Maharashtra and Karnataka to protect their interests in the united State.
YS Jagan said indiscriminate construction of irrigation projects across Krishna and Godavari would badly hit the prospects of Rayalaseema. He said Telangana was diverting 120 tmc from Krishna river in Mahbubnagar. The Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme and Dindi schemes would divert 2 tmc a day, while the capacity of Kalwakurthi LIS has been hiked from 25 to 40 tmc. Thus, 30000 cusecs are being diverted to Telangana. In Srisailam, the intake point has been set up at 800 feet level to divert water to address the drinking water needs of Delta. This means, Rayalaseema would be left high and dry, he added.