Rising Krishna waters threaten to flood Chandrababu Naidu's house

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Rising Krishna waters threaten to flood Chandrababu Naidu's house

The house of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is at the risk of being flooded after release of floodwater from the Prakasam barrage built on the Krishna river.

Authorities have lifted 70 gates of the historic Prakasam barrage following the release of water from the Pulichintala and Nagarjunasagar reservoirs.

On the other hand, the waters of the Krishna river have reached near the Lingamaneni Guest House, where former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president Chandrababu Naidu stays when he is in Amravati.

The first floor of the house has been vacated, security vehicles have been moved out and sandbags were put in place to keep the rising waters in check.

Authorities had earlier asked for the house to be vacated and a notice was served as it did not maintain the maximum flood level (MFL) of 22.6 m but was constructed at 19 m which is prone to submergence, besides other violations of River Conservation Act, environment, green tribunal laws and bylaws of the capital region master plan.

It is alleged that the riverfront house in which Chandrababu has been living was built below the maximum flood level and there are many violations and the matter is sub judice.

The adjacent Praja Vedika, being a government building was demolished by the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government as it violated the norms of river conservation, environment, green tribunal, bylaws of a master plan besides other regulations.

Notices were also served for vacating the adjacent illegal constructions which are prone to submergence in times of floods.

Government sources confirmed that there is every possibility of water contamination because the construction is less than 2 km downstream from the point where drinking water is drawn from the reservoir.

Since either side of the riverbank is used for ritual baths and religious practices, it is the responsibility of the government to safeguard the spirituality and purity of the river.

In all, 70 gates of the Prakasam barrage were lifted to let out the water and more than 4 lakh cusecs of water were released which was received from the Pulichintala reservoir.