With the series of agitations from activists and media reports, the Andhra Pradesh government has, however, chose to react on the safety of Srisailam project on Thursday. In a press release, Water Resources Minister P. Anil Kumar clarified that there is no threat to Srisailam project and that the authorities are taking all the necessary steps to ensure the dam’s safety. He also stated that the media reports and agitations are were the deliberate propaganda of the opposition parties and some media houses. But is Srisailam project, the 2nd largest capacity working hydroelectric station in the country really safe?
No, says Waterman of India and Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh who has visited the dam as a follow up to the media report over the threat to the dam. Rajendra Singh has visited the reservoir and interacted with the operations and maintenance officials and admitted to the fact that the project needs repair, protection and maintenance works on an urgent note. This came hours after the ‘All is well’ statement from the Water Resources Minister. In contrary to the minister’s statement, Rajendra Singh after having a long conversation with dam SE Chandrasekhara Rao stated that the foundation of the dam would be in danger if the plunging pool eroded towards the dam. “ I have also observed a shortage of mechanics, fitters, electricians and other staff who look after the operations and maintenance. There is an urgent need for various protection works to the dam and also need to arrest the expansion of the plunge pool through erosion,” he added. Environmental activists Madhulika and V. Deepak also raised their concerns over the dam’s safety.