Aim is to prevent tensions between AP and Telangana from escalating, says Somu Veerraju
A report listing objections raised by experts to the jurisdictions of the Krishna and Godavari River Management Boards, as defined in a recent notification to the Official Gazette, will be submitted to the Union Water Resources Ministry on Wednesday, said on Monday. BJP State President Somu Veerraju.
The report is submitted to ensure that disputes between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana over water sharing do not escalate again, Veerraju said.
“The BJP is in favor of building non-controversial irrigation projects and connecting several rivers. Political parties should refrain from politicizing disputes over river water sharing, lest people, especially farmers, face problems in the future, ”Veerraju said in a statement. roundtable on “Water resources and challenges” here Monday.
The BJP leader said the party will also form a task force to undertake an in-depth study of the projects on the Krishna and Godavari rivers so that they can come up with suggestions on sharing water between the upper and lower riparian states.
He claimed that the gazette notification of KRMB and GRMB would facilitate an amicable settlement of disputes between AP and Telangana and bring justice to Rayalaseema and the coastal districts.
“Placing projects on the Krishna and Godavari rivers under the responsibility of the respective councils would prevent illegal water withdrawals by neighboring states,” said Veerraju.
Mr Veerraju criticized the state government for allegedly neglecting the thousands of families facing the displacement of the Polavaram project. He regretted that they were forced to live in unsanitary shelters without electricity or clean water due to the alleged failure of the government to properly implement the relief and rehabilitation program.
“The government is obsessed with the Polavaram project while projects like Handri-Neeva, Velugonda, Telugu Ganga, Vamsadhara, Thotapalli, Nagavali and Bahuda remain unfinished decades after their launch,” said Veerraju.
Retired chief engineer U. Narayana Raju said the Polavaram project was crucial in meeting the drinking water needs of the people of Visakhapatnam, and observed that Telangana was making false claims about the watersheds of some rivers.
Former MPP Byreddi Rajasekhara Reddy said Rayalaseema would only be saved if a minimum water level of 854 feet was maintained in the Srisailam project, and asked how the government proceeded with the elevator irrigation project in Rayalaseema without having a reservoir component. The Tungabhadra River was Rayalaseema’s lifeline, he added.
BJP State Party Co-Head of State Sunil Deodhar, Secretary General S. Vishnuvardhan Reddy, MLC PVN Madhav and Vakati Narayana Reddy, Former Minister Ch. Adinarayana Reddy and Rayalaseema Chairman Neeti Sadhana Samiti, Dasaradharami Reddy, attended the roundtable.