Continuing his tirade against Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Health Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy has lamented that the State was suffering from “policy paralysis”, thanks to the administrative inefficiency, lethargy and files pending disposal by the administrative machinery. Dr. Ravindra Reddy on Wednesday reportedly dashed off separate letters to the Chief Minister pointing out serious flaws in certain decisions taken by him. The missive comes close on the heels of Endowments Minister C. Ramachandraiah’s letter to the Chief Minister suggesting measures like procurement of LNG for overcoming the power crisis in the State.
One of the letters referred to what Dr. Ravindra Reddy claimed as “ignorance of the Chief Minister” about the conventions behind the release of water to Krishna basin ayacut, with specific mention about the release of water from Kurnool-Kadapa Canal to Kadapa district. The KC Canal Ayacut second phase secured water from Srisailam Reservoir through Banakacherla cross regulator.
He faulted the Chief Minister for ignoring the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal award that Krishna Delta should get first benefit from water crisis. He reasoned that during water crisis, release of water to Nagarjunasagar ayacut should not have been favoured. The Srisailam right bank canal was entitled to the surplus water while another 15 tmcft to Chennai water supply scheme. Since the current reservoir level at Srisailam project was 870 feet, the government was bound to release water to KC canal as farmers of Kadapa district were deprived of Tungabhadra water. Ignoring these facts, the government decided to release water to Telugu Ganga Project by storing water in Velugodu Balancing Reservoir.