CPI Raises Alarm Over Future as Karnataka Plans Another Dam

CPI raises alarm over the impending threat with the Karnataka’s proposed reservoir on the Tungabhadra River.

Vijayawada: The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Monday raised alarm over the impending threat to the State, particularly to the Rayalaseema region, with the Karnataka Government proposing another reservoir in the upstream of the Tungabhadra River.

CPI State Secretary K Ramakrishna in an open letter asked Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to wake up and write to the Central Government and to the Central Water Commission.

Ramakrishna said that the Karnataka State Government had proposed another reservoir in the upstream of the Tungabhadra reservoir. This would deprive the State of its due share from the river waters, he said, and feared that the entire Rayalaseema region would have no water for irrigation and drinking if the project is allowed.

The CPI leader said that the Karnataka Government had earlier increased the height of the Al Matti reservoir in violation of the inter-state river water relations.

The rules of the Central Water Commission and the Bachawat Award were ignored, as the AP Government remained silent in those days, he recalled. Now, Karnataka proposed another project, he said, and wanted the AP Government to react.

The CPI leader said that the proposed project in the upstream of Tungabhadra reservoir would turn 1.90-lakh acres of land in Ananthapur and Kadapa districts, 1.57-lakh acres in Kurnool, 2.65-lakh acres in Kurnool-Kadapa canal, 40,000 acres under the Rajolibanda diversion canal dry.

Ramakrishna wanted the government to write to the Central Government to stop the Karnataka government’s plans on its second project.

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