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…during the monsoon period (July to October ) to allow inflows to SRSP, constitution of a committee with representatives from Central Water Commission, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to see that utilisation under Babli did not exceed the permitted quantity.

“I am confident that the judgment will not prevent waters from flowing into SRSP.”The Chief Minister, nonetheless, admitted “we have failed to get Babli demolished” despite engaging the best legal team.

On Polavaram project, Mr. Reddy said the Union Ministry of Environment & Forests had “suspended” operation of its letter through which it had asked Andhra Pradesh to stop construction of Polavaram and offered to conduct public hearings in Orissa and Chhattisgarh over the likely submersions under the project, if the State failed to undertake the exercise in six months.

He spoke of the huge benefits that would accrue once Polavaram was completed, including prevention of loss of crops worth Rs.5,000 crore annually due to October cyclones in Coastal Andhra.He hoped that power supply situation would improve soon as AP Genco and Hinduja projects under construction would be ready by October, adding 3,000 MW capacity to the grid.