Staff Reporter

Project to provide drinking water to Chennai

  • Project to tap only surplus water going into the sea
  • State urged to expedite all pending projects

    TIRUPATI: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Bharatiya Janata Party, which are ideologically poles apart, have found a common ground in supporting expansion of Pothireddypadu head regulator.

    At a media conference here on Thursday, former State president of the BJP Chilakam Ramachandra Reddy and former MP of Tirupati N. Venkataswamy said that the project would benefit not just Rayalaseema, but also the coastal districts of Prakasam and Nellore, besides providing drinking water to Chennai.

    They explained as to how the project would tap only the surplus water flowing into the sea and not harm the interests of Telangana or Coastal Andhra.

    Alamatti dam

    The construction of Alamatti dam by Karnataka had brought down the Krishna flooding period from 45 days to 30 days in a year and Pothireddypadu expansion was aimed only at diverting and storing the floodwater in this short span of time.

    "What's wrong in diverting the water to meet the needs of Rayalaseema that otherwise goes into the sea," they sought to know.

    Velugodu project

    Mr. Ramachandra Reddy explained that the expansion would supply water to Velugodu project in Prakasam and Somasila in Nellore besides Galeru-Nagari, Handri Neeva, Gandikota, Brahmasagaram and Telugu Ganga in Rayalaseema districts. Mr. Venkataswamy asked the Government to expedite all the pending projects in Rayalaseema.

    District party president G. Narayanaswamy Naidu claimed that it was the BJP that had undertaken `padayatras' and made a resolution in 1986 demanding linking of Krishna and Godavari rivers to facilitate supply of 100 tmcft of water to the parched Rayalaseema.

    Meanwhile, the CPI(M) expressed support to the expansion from the existing 11,500 cusecs to 44,000 cusecs. Chittoor district secretary K. Murali pointed out that the party's State committee meet at Anantapur last month had already made a resolution to this effect.

    Mr. Murali wanted the capacity of all the projects downstream of Srisailam also to be expanded.