Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy wrote a letter to Union Minister for Water Resources, Gajendra Singh Shekavat, seeking financial support to meet irrigation projects in the State and also the inter-linking of rivers. The chief minister sought to impress upon the Union Minister that the Rayalaseema region, Nellore and Prakasam districts are perennially drought prone areas in the state.
During the last 10 years the rainfall in this region is below normal for seven years and in remaining three years also, the rainfall is only marginally higher than normal. The ground water levels are also getting depleted. The main sources of water are rivers Krishna, Tungabhadra, Pennar and other minor rivers and streams. The inflows into Srisailam reservoir, which is the main source of supply for this region, are getting reduced year after year. This is due to construction of new Projects and more utilization in the upper states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
In this scenario of reduction of inflows into Srisailam, the starting point of Krishna water into AP and therefore into Nagarjunasagar reservoirs of Krishna basin and Somasila and other reservoirs are effected, as Krishna waters first reach Srisailam and then Nagarjunasagar and other reservoirs. Thus the whole Krishna basin is severely affected. At the same time there is availability of surplus flows in Godavari River, there is immediate need to explore ways to divert water from Godavari basin to Krishna basin.
The chief minister informed the Union Minister that the chief ministers of the two Telugu States met in Hyderabad and have come to an understating over linking of Godavari river with Krishna and thus take Godavari water to Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar. This project would address the water woes of the two Telugu States, he said and requested the Central government to support the project for the benefit of the people of the two States.
It is to be seen how the Central government would respond to the request, while the two States are getting the project proposals ready.