The flood waters in Andhra Pradesh have come perilously close to a high-profile residence. That of former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu. With waters being released from Pulichintala, the level in the river Krishna has been steadily rising, endangering constructions along the river bank. The Lingamaneni guesthouse where Naidu and his family stay as tenants, is constructed right on the river bank.
Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, Mangalagiri MLA of the YSR Congress told Filter Kaapi that water has entered the footsteps of the Naidu residence.
“I went there this morning and inspected the premises. The walkway from the river to the house is submerged. I was told that the family has moved to Hyderabad after shifting the items from the ground to the first floor. No one is staying there at the moment. The security convoy vehicles have been sent to Mangalagiri. The caretakers of the house have bought close to 10000 bags and they are being filled with sand in order to stop the entry of water. I saw tractors bringing in sand,” Reddy told Filter Kaapi.
While Nara Lokesh confirmed that the family is in Hyderabad because Naidu has been advised rest for his “strained right hand”, he denied that the furniture has been shifted to the upper floor of the house.
“No. We are far away from the river bank,” Lokesh messaged, denying that any other work is taking place at the residence. “Gardening work is happening and people may have mistaken it. It is change of soil time.”
During the monsoon, Undavalli in Krishna district, on the outskirts of Vijayawada has always been prone to flooding. In 2010, when Andhra Pradesh witnessed one of the worst floods in a century, villages in the area reported water up to 3 feet height.
Keeping this in mind, the Revenue officials in Guntur and Tadepalli have moved out nearly one hundred children living at an ashram besides Naidu’s residence to safety. All residents in Naidu’s neighbourhood too have been asked orally to move out.
The districts of Krishna, Guntur and Kurnool are on alert in Andhra Pradesh. Incidentally, most of Amaravati capital region area is known to be flood-prone.
Soon after Jaganmohan Reddy took over as chief minister, notices were issued to Naidu’s landlord that he had flouted environmental norms in constructing the guest house on the river bank. The Praja Vedika that was constructed adjacent to Naidu’s residence was demolished by the Andhra Pradesh government.