The farmers of Krishna delta will suffer a loss of Rs 8,500 crore and the state government will incur a revenue loss of Rs 1,500 crore if water is not released to it for the kharif season, Andhra Pradesh Rythanga Samakhya president Yerneni Nagendranath has said.
Reacting to the objections raised by some T-leaders to release Nagarjuna Sagar water to the Krishna delta, Nagendranath on Monday said 65 lakh people of 950 villages and 9 municipalities in four districts would face water problem if it was not released to the Krishna delta. “We do not object to release of water to Hyderabad but the drinking water requirement of people of Krishna delta should also be met. There were occasions in the past when water was released to the Krishna delta even if the levels in Nagarjuna Sagar were very low.
Regarding modernisation of the delta, he said thatcrores of rupees were spent on irrigation works which were not beneficial to the delta farmers. Tail end lands are yet to get water though water was released to irrigation canals from Prakasam Barrage on July 4.