Hyderabad: Against the backdrop of the ongoing war of words between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh over sharing of electricity as well as water, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao alleged here on Sunday that AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had denied Telengana, its rightful share of power.
"Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is not giving us our share of power. He is trying to make crops in Telangana dry up. Under his influence, the Centre is moving ahead by doing injustice to us," the Telangana Chief Minister said, after laying the foundation stone of a water supply project here today.
Alleging that Naidu is not implementing his election promises of waiving all loans to farmers and self-help groups run by women, he said that he is ready to organise a public meeting in Vijayawada (the proposed capital region of new Andhra Pradesh), if necessary, to fight for the people of Andhra Pradesh.
The current dispute between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is about sharing of electricity from the Srisailam project.
Andhra Pradesh wants Telangana to stop power generation, because continued power generation would lead to problems in supply of drinking water supply in the Rayalaseema region.
However, Telangana has refused to stop power generation to cater to power requirements of farmers in the state.
The Telangana chief minister was critical of the Krishna River Water Management Board (set up under the AP Re-organisation Act) which directed the Telangana government on October 31 to utilise only three TMC of water from the Srisailam reservoir for power generation at the Left Power House until November 2.
"Krishna tribunal gave its verdict. What is that verdict?
Does anyone with a head on his neck hail that verdict? For 19 years, whether it was the Congress or Telugu Desam Party government in power, water level at Srisailam was not even 800 feet. It was at 760, 770, 790 feet. We showed it to them.
"These are all government records. When the water level today is 859 feet, the tribunal chairman gives a verdict that we should not produce power beyond one day. Is he determined to dry up our crops? He cannot do that. We will save crops. We will purchase power even at Rs 20 per unit," Rao said.
He asserted that his Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government would ensure that every household in Telangana, including Hyderabad, gets safe drinking water through pipelines in the coming years.
"We will ensure that every household in the twin cities of Secunderabad and Hyderabad gets water in about four-and-a-half years through taps. We will ensure 24-hour water supply. Not just twin cities, we are taking steps for supply of safe drinking water across Telangana," he said, adding that TRS would not even seek votes during the next polls if it does not do so.
He regretted that Hyderabad suffers from civic problems like waterlogging, though previous governments had talked big about the city's development at par with global standards.