YSR Congress chief and Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Assembly Y S Jaganmohan Reddy today launched a three-day protest in Kurnool city against "illegal irrigation projects" by Telangana government on rivers Krishna and Godavari.
Hitting out at Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, Jaga said, "To say that they will release water to the lower riparian state (AP) only after meeting their (Telangana) full requirements is not right. KCR should not talk like Hitler."
The YSRC president, while addressing his supporters at the protest venue, questioned as to who authorised Telangana to divert 954 TMC ft of water, depriving AP of its "rightful share".
Jagan feared that there could be "wars" only for the sake of water in future.
"Telangana government is going ahead with the construction of irrigation projects on Godavari and Krishna, caring little for the water woes of AP, a lower riparian state. Do you at least think how we (people of AP) will survive if we are deprived of water," Jagan asked.
While there already exist projects on river Krishna that could store about 1750 TMC ft of water, another 200 to 300 TMC ft of water was also being impounded illicitly, he claimed.
"Now the Telangana government was building a project to divert 120 TMC ft of water from river Krishna at Mahbubnagar. How will then water come to Srisailam reservoir that caters to the needs of Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions," Jagan questioned.
"KCR was also thus doing injustice to people of Nalgonda and Khammam districts in his own state Telangana as there would be no water available in Nagarjuna Sagar downstream Srisailam," he added.
"Any new projects on Krishna and Godavari should be taken up only in accordance with the provisions of AP Reorganisation Act, 2014. Besides, permission should be taken in advance from the respective river management boards, Central Water Commission and the Apex Council (headed by Union Water Resources Minister). But the Telangana government gave a go-by to all this," the YSRC chief alleged.
Same was happening on river Godavari as well, he added.
Jagan was also critical of AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for remaining "silent" over the violations by Telangana.