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Congress sees conspiracy of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana CMs in diverting Krishna water

Congress sees conspiracy of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana CMs in diverting Krishna water
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Congress leader N Uttam Kumar Reddy
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TPCC chief says diversion of 88,000 cusecs water from Pothireddypadu and 3 TMC from Sangameshwaram to Andhra Pradesh would turn south Telangana into a desert

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Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Wednesday has alleged that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and his counterpart in Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy have jointly conspired to divert Krishna River water of Telangana to Andhra Pradesh by expanding Pothireddypadu project.

He was speaking during the power point presentation on Pothireddypadu project given by AICC Secretary A Sampath Kumar at Mahabubnagar DCC office. Uttam said that the conspiracy was jointly hatched by CMs KCR and Jagan during several meetings held in Hyderabad last year. When AP CM Jagan announced expansion of Pothireddypadu Project in December last year, Congress leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy immediately reacted and sent a letter to CM KCR seeking immediate action. Since KCR himself was part of the conspiracy, he did not respond and maintained silence.

He said diversion of 88,000 Cusecs water from Pothireddypadu and 3 TMC from Sangameshwaram to Andhra Pradesh would turn South Telangana into a desert. Despite Andhra Pradesh government issuing orders to expand the capacity of Pothireddypadu project and so many other adverse developments, KCR has been sitting silently at Pragathi Bhavan, he alleged.

He said that the Chief Minister was spending Rs one lakh crore on Kaleshwaram Project to get only 2 TMC of water while AP was expanding Pothireddypadu Project to take away 7 TMC of Krishna River water to Andhra Pradesh. He alleged that KCR has mortgaged the interest of future generations of Telangana just to get a few per cent of commission from the contractors of irrigation projects.

While so much money was wasted in the name of Kaleshwaram Project, nothing was done in the last six years to complete the pending projects. He said water could be drawn through gravity from the SLBC Projects. However, TRS government did not complete the canal works in the last six years. He urged the Congress workers of old Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda and Khammam districts to participate in the agitation on June 2 at all the irrigation projects.

Uttam Kumar Reddy also informed that the Congress party was organising a nationwide online campaign to highlight the plight of migrant workers, MSMEs and other sections who affected due to unplanned lockdown.

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