Police deployed at the Dindi project during the water release
Police deployed at the Dindi project during the water release

Nalgonda: The release of water for drinking purposes of Nalgonda people from the Dindi project led to a political row between politicians of Nalgonda and Nagarkurnool districts. 

Tension prevailed at the project as leaders of Nagarkurnool tried to lay siege, with both sides resorting to allegations and counter-allegations.

The release of water was ordered by Minister T Harish Rao, at the instance of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who acted after Nalgonda MP Gutha Sukhender Reddy and Devarakonda MLA Ravindra Kumar took to KCR's notice the issue of drought prevailing in Dindi and Chandampet mandals of Devarakonda constituency.

Achampet MLA Guvvala Balaraju tried to stop the release of water contending that the groundwater level would improve if 6 feet was added to the present level of 11 feet in the project, leading to a tense situation. 

Protests were organised in both Nalgonda and Nagarkurnool. Farmers of Nalgonda claimed that they have sought water release to meet their drinking needs. Fresh trouble arose on Wednesday when Kalwakurthi MLA Vamsi Chand Reddy forcefully tried to reach the project along with his followers. Reddy protested the release of water to Nalgonda without meeting the needs of Uppanutala and Vangur mandals. 

His stand evoked a strong reaction from the MP, who found fault with the alleged attempts of politicians of Nagarkurnool and Achampet to politicise the issue. Gutha criticised the alleged indifference of Nalgonda Congress leaders like N Uttam Kumar Reddy, K Jana Reddy and Komatireddy Venkat Reddy for ignoring the interests of local people. 

He accused the Congress leaders of changing the party policies for their own political designs. The row between the politicians of the two districts resulted in the police making their presence felt at the time of water release, with Balaraju seeking stoppage and Vamsichand, during a padayatra, pressing that water from the Kalwakurthi lift scheme should not be released.