The former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu has received a (flood alert) notice to vacate his residence owing to the possibility of the Krishna flooding upstream. Naidu and 38 others, who live on properties on the Krishna Riverbank at Undavalli and Thulluru villages, received the notices on Friday.
The notice was issued by the Tedepalli Tahsildars office on Friday. However, the TDP leader's son, Nara Lokesh, who is also the national general secretary of the party and an MLC, has alleged that the YSRCP government, as an act of vengeance, was manipulating floods to ensure that Chandrababu Naidu vacates his residence.
"See another conspiracy by YSRCP to drown Chandrababu garu's residence. Nagarjunasagar's full storage capacity is 590 feet. The reservoir water level is now 586 feet. But still, flooding is happening near Prakasam Barrage because they have released more water, than the inflow from Nagarjunasagar." he tweeted
During his tenure, Naidu had rented the luxury villa on the Krishna river waterfront from Lingamani estates. However, soon after losing power this year, the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (AP CDRA) had sent notices to Naidu asking him and his family to vacate the premises as the luxury villa was constructed allegedly in violation of various environmental laws.
Naidu's home is right next to the Prakasam barrage, and Nara Lokesh claims that on the pretext of heavy influx of water, the government wants to flood their homes and evacuate them. Lokesh tweeted saying that despite greater floods on Krishna river in the past, the Prakasham barrage has never crossed 11 lakh cusecs. "In 2009, the Krishna River saw an even greater flood. Yet the flood near Prakasam Barrage did not cross the 11 lakh cusecs. Why is it like this now? Does the government not know flood management or are they conspiring to drown Chandrababu's house? Who is responsible for what happens to the public due to this mindset of revenge?" wrote Lokesh.
Political allegations aside, a second-level flood warning is in place at the Prakasam barrage on Krishna river, as it is receiving an inflow of 7,57,005 cusecs of water against an outflow of 8,21,250 cusecs with almost no flood cushion (the storage space in dams marked to absorb unexpected high flow). The project is currently at 100% capacity of its full reservoir level (FRL), with waters touching 3.07 TMC.