Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Thursday suggested that Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy go on a helicopter ride to see for himself the 55 bridge-cum-barrages being illegally constructed on the Krishna and its tributaries by Karnataka.

Alleging that a power project near Raichur owned by the Chief Minister’s family too was guilty of diverting the Krishna waters, they wanted him to clarify if he was working for the family’s interests or that of the people of the State.

Norms flouted

Addressing a press conference after a visit to some of these structures in Raichur, Yadgir and Bellary districts, senior TDP MLA Nagam Janardhan Reddy and other legislators said that these barrages were being built in violation of the Bachawat Tribunal’s award that had allotted 811 tmcft of Krishna waters to Andhra Pradesh.

Desertification threat

They said if Karnataka was not stopped from going ahead with these barrages, not a drop of Krishna water would flow into the State, affecting ayacut under all the major irrigation projects. Already there were no inflows into Jurala project in Mahabubnagar district.

Even as they visited these projects, they said they stumbled on the power project which built a bridge and was diverting water from Krishna river.

YSR silent

Local people told them that it belonged to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister.

The leaders wondered if the Chief Minister was maintaining a silence on the construction of unauthorised barrages by Karnataka as his family’s project too was doing the same.