All-party meet on tribunal's award held
Maganti Sitaramaswamy, president of the Andhra Pradesh Rytanga Samakhya, on Sunday appealed to the CPI (M) to take a fresh look at its stand on the Indira Sagar Project in the context of the adverse impact of the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal's latest award over sharing of the Krishna waters on the Krishna delta.
Speaking at a CPI (M)-sponsored all-party meeting on the tribunal's award here, Mr. Swamy stated that only the diversion of the Godavari water into the Krishna river by realising the Indira Sagar project held out some future for the farmers of the Krishna delta.
The tribunal's award allowing Karnakata to increase the height of Almatti dam by 5 metres would lead to a long-drawn inter-State water war without offering any immediate solution to the threat under which the delta reeled.
In this context, the Indira Sagar Project offered solace to the farmers of the Krishna delta, the peasant leader said.
“I want the CPI (M) to realise the relevance and the importance of the Indira Sagar and to strive for its early completion”, he observed.
Submergence and displacement were inevitable in the history of any reservoir in the world.
Otherwise, the very objective of the reservoir would be defeated, Mr. Sitarama Swamy said in an oblique reference to the CPI (M)'s strident opposition to the dam on the twin issues of submergence and displacement in the agency.
The water would obviously reach the Krishna delta only after filling the dam to its latest designed capacity by the end of October as against the transplantation season which would normally begin in June.
The late arrival of water would result in the delay in transplantation and harvesting of paddy crop and a steep fall in the yield in the delta, he cautioned.
B. Balaram of the CPI (M)-affiliated Andhra Pradesh Rytu Sangham clarified his party's stand vis-à-vis the Indira Sagar saying, “We are never opposed to the Indira Sagar project. We only want the government to mitigate submergence and displacement by keeping the dam height below the tolerable levels”.
K. Rajaramamohan Roy, CPI (M) district secretariat member, was in the chair.