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Naidu allowed neighbours to build dams, alleges Gattu

Hyderabad, Dec 1 : Ridiculing N Chandrababu Naidu for his remarks on Krishna Water utilization, YSR Congress has said that it was the TDP leader who was responsible for the under utilization of the surplus waters as he did not build up a single project during his term.

“Nadiu who made a mockery of agriculture and farmers failed to construct a single project on Krishna River and was a mute spectator while the upper riparian states took up construction works on a war-footing as Bachawat Tribunal has said that even if 75 per cent of work is completed, water should be allocated to projects after the lapse of time of the Award,” party spokesperson Gattu Ramachadnra Rao told reporters here on Sunday.

Naidu should take the blame for the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal verdict and he has no right to speak on the subject as he was the prime culprit. During the nine years as Chief Minister he allowed Maharashtra to draw 700 TMC of water against its share of 560 TMC while Karnataka was utilizing 800-1,000 TMC in place of 700 TMC and building dams illegally and increasing height to the existing ones.

Now, Naidu making noise about the Tribunal verdict and announcing that he will go on a dharna is a gimmick as he fell flat in tackling the irrigation sector while he was in power and was playing a key role in national politics. He did not take up a single project though he usurped power from NTR and Naidu did not complete the projects for which the TDP founder leader has laid the foundation stones. Had that been done, the state would not have been in such a disadvantageous position as Bachawat Award has clearly said that even if 75 per cent of work is completed on any project, water should be provided after the year 2000.

Nadiu was the Chief Minister when Brijesh Kumar Tibunal was formed in 2004 and he cannot plead ignorance of the facts of under-utilisation of waters. It was YSR who hurried up things and took up 86 new projects with a whopping budgetary allocation of RS 50,000 crores under Jalayaganam while Naidu in his nine year-term has allocated Rs 10,000 crores.

Irrigation, farmers and agriculture are alien subjects to Naidu and if he speaks that he will stage a dharna against the Tribunal Award, it would quixotic as he was responsible for present day crisis. Trying to blame YSR for the crisis is unacceptable as the data is available on public domain he said and challenged the TDP leader for a round table conference on the subject, he said. INN