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CM at it again

CM at it again
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Reiterating his demand for keeping the state united, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday highlighted the problems the state would face in terms of sharing of river waters. Addressing about 500 farmers who were led by CPI leader Ramakrishna from Ananatapur at camp office, Kiran said that the state which was already facing serious problems on account of illegal projects and inter-state river water dispute would be inviting fresh problems if the state was divided. He said the Rayalaseema region, particularly Anantapur would suffer on account of power and availability of water. He said Seema would not get water from Srisailam unless the water level was 871 feet.

  • Reiterates demand for united Andhra Pradesh
  • Rayalaseema will be deprived of power, water

Hyderabad: Reiterating his demand for keeping the state united, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday highlighted the problems the state would face in terms of sharing of river waters. Addressing about 500 farmers who were led by CPI leader Ramakrishna from Ananatapur at camp office, Kiran said that the state which was already facing serious problems on account of illegal projects and inter-state river water dispute would be inviting fresh problems if the state was divided. He said the Rayalaseema region, particularly Anantapur would suffer on account of power and availability of water. He said Seema would not get water from Srisailam unless the water level was 871 feet.

If the state was bifurcated then only 70 tmc of water would be available for irrigation, drinking water purpose as well as power generation from the power units at Srisailam reservoir which falls under the jurisdiction of Kurnool district, he said. Majority of the power generated from the units that would be part of Mahabubnagar district would be utilized by Telangana region. Kiran said he was pitching to keep the state united not out of any selfish motive but to see that the entire state irrespective of region develops.

The farmers from the region urged the Chief Minister to ensure that water from Handri Neeva was released. Explaining their problems, the farmers said that they were facing acute shortage of drinking water and most of their crops were dried up due to lack of irrigation facilities. They demanded that water to cater to the needs of the people under 60-70 tanks under Handri Neeva be released. Kiran promised to discuss with the officials and see that water was released to their projects.

As of now, even when there was flood in Tungabhadra, the Seema region was not getting its due share of water. If another block is created by bifurcation of the state, then five districts of Seema region would be badly affected. The Chief Minister said that if all the projects in the state were completed another 34 lakh acres could be irrigated.

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