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Tension in Rajolibanda over water sharing

Tension prevailed at Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme, an inter-state irrigation project between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on Tungabhadra river, when the Telangana activists from Mahabubnagar district dumped sand bags stopping the flow of canal water to Kurnool district.

Raising ‘Jai Telangana’ slogans the activists dumped sand bags and tried to divert the water to farms in Palamuru mandal. With the spread of news of diversion of water the farmers from Kurnool and Emmiganur bee lined to the spot and opposed the dumping of sand bags by Telangana activists and had a heated argument with them.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader Niranjan Reddy said the Palamuru farmers were agitating as they did not get their due share of water and withering of crops due to shortage of water. Stating that the Telangana farmers were not getting justice, he said that the farmers dumped sand bags to protect their share of water. He appealed to the State Government to take steps for providing irrigation water to Palamuru farmers.

Sensing that the situation might go out of control, the district administration stepped up security at RDS to prevent any untoward incident. The police are reviewing the situation with irrigation officials and taking steps to prevent untoward incidents. The police officials said the situation was under control.

The RDS irrigates 87,000 acres in Mahabubnagar district and parts of farms in Kurnool district. (INN)

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