A day after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao sounds conciliatory moves, Andhra Pradesh government today made it clear that “there is no plan as such to give back the submerged villages to Telangana”.
Reacting to KCR’s assertion that they would win back the villages, AP irrigation minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said-“it was a constitutionally settled matter and done through an ordinance by the union government. So, Telangana will not get them back”
To a question on KCR’s claim that AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was positive on giving back the villages- Mr Devineni said- “ We don’t have no such proposal at our end”
The minister further cautioned the Telangana government not to go ahead with massive projects without assessing ground realities. “The palamuru Ranga Reddy Dindi lift irrigation project does not have permission. How can they go about it? It will be a futile exercise.. If it is built water will not flow down crossing Nalgonda and Khammam” he said.
“Telangana should not try to count on water that will never come due to scores of illegal projects constructed by both Maharashtra and Karnataka over the rivers. Mr KCR should not commit the same mistake and harm to the interests of people by the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy”
Urging the neighboring state to come forward for a common fight against the illegal projects by upper riparian states- Mr Devineni asked the Telangana government “to construct projects after duly taking all permissions”.
He further added: “Let us not pour hundreds of crores for construction of lifts and dams and grope in for water afterwards. Actually we should get 811 tmc ft of water at Srisailam from the top, but due to illegal projects, we got only 66 tmc ft. Two Telugu states have to share this meagre amount of water”.
Mr Devineni said- “Even though the state is bifurcated, we are brothers after all.. We have a common cause. Let us join our hands together and fight against the illegal projects built by upper riparian states”