Floods, Drones and Politics

The Andhra Pradesh is witnessing debates and engaged in controversy over the overflowing flood water in rivers, the use of drones by the officials and both linked to the State politics between the ruling YSR Congress and the opposition Telugu Desam Party. The controversy comes at a time when neither chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy nor the former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu are in the State.

There is huge inflows into Krishna river these days. The flood water is being released from Srisailam, Nagarjuna Sagar and Pulichintala project to the downstream at Prakasam Barrage. Despite the officials opening all 70 gates of Prakasam barrage and letting the water go down into the sea, there is threat of inundation in the upstream of Prakasam barrage. Some houses, which were constructed along the river including the house in which Chandrababu Naidu lives, is also facing the inundation threat. The flood water had entered the building and it is likely that the building would get inundation at least for the ground floor in the next two days as the flood threat continues.

The Ganapathi temple and the buildings of former MP Gokaraju Ganga Raju, businessman Chandana Ramesh, medico-therapist Manthena Satyanarayana Raju are in flood water. So is the case with the Chandrababu Naidu’s house. The TDP leaders, in the absence of Chandrababu Naidu and his family in the house, are guarding the house.

At the same time, the government, in the name of watching the inundation, is using drones along the river both in the upstream of Prakasam barrage and the downstream till Avanigadda, to make an assessment of inundation and the relief camps. Accordingly, one drone was used over the residence of Chandrababu Naidu which is partially inundated. While the government claims that the drone was engaged only to assess the severity of the flood water to the former chief minister’s residence, the TDP leaders alleged that it was breach of security provided for former chief minister. The two parties held protests and counter protests giving tough time to the police to bring the situation under control.

The TDP is planning to lodge a complaint with the Governor on the breach of security, while the government is also planning to use the situation to remove all these buildings, for which notices of demolition were served. It is to be seen how the government handles this issue to demolish the houses constructed illegally on the river bank.

Ravi Batchali
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