The Andhra Pradesh Rytanga Samakhya has urged the government to take steps for release of Krishna water for kharif operations under the Krishna-Eluru canal ayacut. Adopting a resolution in this regard at its meeting here, the Samakhya expressed its anguish over the kharif operations getting hampered by the alleged dilly-dallying by the government in release of the Krishna water from the Nagarjunasagar.
Even as the water level in the Nagarjunasagar was maintained at 520 ft, the government was not willing to let water flow into the Srisailam reservoir and the Prakasam barrage downstream allegedly under pressure from the Telangana people. Consequently, the fate of the Krishna delta spread in Guntur, Krishna and partly in West Godavari and Prakasam districts has come under a question. The farmers are not preparing to raise seedbeds yet for want of water, said Mr. Maganti Sitarama Swamy, president of the Samakhya. He recalled that the farmers in the Krishna delta had foregone two rabi crops successively due to water crisis. The meeting has resolved to stage a dharna at the Collectorate on July 1 for release of the Krishna water at the earliest. An extent of 54,000 acres is under the K-E canal ayacut in West Godavari district.