Notice issued to Chandrababu Naidu to vacate riverfront house amid flood threat

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu was served a notice by the state government on Saturday to vacate his rented residence at Undavalli in Amaravati on the bank of river Krishna while citing the threat of flooding.

The notice was served by Deputy Tehsildar of Tadepalli village following the incessant rains in several parts of Andhra Pradesh. According to village authorities, the notice was served as there is a possibility for the flood water to enter the house in which Naidu is residing.

“Floodwater is being released from August 14. As of now almost 7.5 lakh cusecs of water has been released. Reportedly one lakh more cusecs of water may be released downwards. As there is a chance of flood water entering the houses, in order to avoid any loss, you are hereby ordered to vacate the place and go to safer places. This notice is in the interest of the public and to avoid any human loss,” reads the notice.

This is the second time that the authorities have issued notices to Naidu’s residence. When the YSRCP won recently held Assembly elections and Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy came to power, Naidu was served notices to vacate the building citing illegal construction as it was built on the river embankment area of Krishna, below the permissible limits.

Immediately after that, one building — Praja Vedika — adjacent to Naidu’s residence was demolished. ‘Praja Vedika’ was constructed by the then TDP government and was used for the government as well as party needs.

Jagan, after becoming the Chief Minister, held his first collectors’ conference and ordered its demolition by stating that he is correcting the previous government’s mistake as it is an illegal construction.

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Earlier today, Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management (APSDMA) informed that second level warning continues as the Krishna river water levels at various places, whereas Godavari water has started to recede in most of areas.

According to the SDMA report, this morning, inflow and outflow of Krishna river at Prakasam barrage in Vijayawada are equally 821,250 cusecs. Owing to the rise in Krishna river water levels, district authorities of Kurnool, Guntur, and Krishna have been kept on high alert.

On Saturday morning, Governor Biswa Bushan Harichandanon conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected regions of the state.

Several villages in East Godavari, West Godavari, Guntur and Krishna districts are reeling under flood following heavy rainfall. The administration has asked people residing in low lying areas to shift to safer places.

(With ANI inputs)

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