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Inter-state row: Telangana blames Polavaram for Godavari floods

The Telangana authorities on Tuesday blamed Polavaram venture below building in Andhra Pradesh for current floods in Godavari, triggering a brand new inter-state row.
HYDERABAD: The Telangana authorities on Tuesday blamed Polavaram venture below building in Andhra Pradesh for current floods in Godavari, triggering a brand new inter-state row.

Transport minister P. Ajay Kumar stated on Tuesday that there was negligence in releasing water from Polavaram which led to floods at Bhadrachalam, inundating elements of the city and several other villages alongside the course of the river in Bhadradri Kothagudem district.

The minister demanded that Andhra Pradesh authorities scale back the peak of Polavaram dam to keep away from floods at Bhadrachalam because of backwaters.

He stated Telangana had been demanding the neighboring state to cut back the peak of Polavaram.

A number of public representatives in Bhadradri Kothagudem district additionally made the demand and blamed Polavaram venture for the floods.

Following heavy rains in catchment areas and big inflows from upstream resulted within the flood degree at Bhadrachalam final week crossing 71 ft, the best in additional than three many years.

About 25,000 folks from flood-hit areas have been evacuated to aid camps.

The demand by Telangana minister got here a few days after Andhra Pradesh raised top of the higher coffer dam of Polavaram by one meter.

The implementing company, Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Ltd (MEIL), took up the works to extend the peak on July 15 and accomplished it in 48 hours.

With officers estimating that the venture might obtain inflows of 26 lakh cusecs to 30 lakh cusecs, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had authorized a proposal to boost the cofferdam’s top.

The higher cofferdam was constructed to face up to 28 lakh cusecs of floodwater. In case of heavy inflows, water might overflow the construction.

Andhra Pradesh authorities had already determined to extend the peak of Polavaram coffer dam from 40.5 meters to 43.5 meters.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has already dominated out decreasing the peak of Polavaram from authorized top.

Minister Ajay Kumar additionally demanded that the Heart return seven mandals (blocks) to Telangana which have been merged with Andhra Pradesh in 2014.

He additionally demanded that at the least 5 villages close to Bhadrachalam be merged with Telangana and a Invoice on this regard be handed within the ongoing Parliament session.

The calls for by Telangana are more likely to set off a brand new row between the 2 states.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had lodged robust protest with the Heart after it issued an ordinance to merge seven mandals of Telangana with Andhra Pradesh. This was apparently carried out to keep away from any inter-state disputes as a number of villages in these mandals are more likely to be submerged by the Polavaram venture.

The Telangana authorities termed the transfer unilateral and has been demanding the Heart to revoke it.

Since Polavaram is a nationwide venture, the Heart ought to take the initiative to cut back its top.

He stated the unique design of Polavaram was modified to extend its top by three meters.

MLA Sandra Venkat Veeraiah stated that for a everlasting answer to the issue of floods, cooperation of Andhra Pradesh authorities is required.

He stated if Polavaram venture’s top just isn’t decreased, this may result in sumergence of tribal villages.

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