Flood fury spares none and does not show discrimination of those who flout rules, even if it is the house of former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
As has been feared by the officials, water from Krishna river which has been swelling alarmingly due to huge inflows from upstream of the river, has entered the rented residence of the Telugu Desam Party president on the river banks at Vundavalli in Amaravati.
On Friday morning, the flood water inundated the backyard of Naidu’s residence, including the river view point and part of the garden, as the water level at Prakasam barrage has reached 15 feet, with close to 7 lakh cases arriving from the upper stream. Second danger signal was hoisted.
Naidu has already moved to Hyderabad, a safer zone, along with his family members, while the caretakers of his house vacated the groundfloor and shifted his belongings to the first floor.
His security and convoy moved out to Happy Resorts at Mangalagiri and sand bags were put in place to curtail the barrage of water-flow.
The inundated house was earlier served with a notice for vacating as it has flouted norms and did not maintain the maximum flood level (MFL) of 22.6 meters but was constructed at 19 meters which is easily prone for submergence, besides other violations of River Conservation Act, Environment, Green Tribunal laws and bylaws of Capital region master plan.
“Had there not been opening of 70 crest gates of Prakasam Barrage on time, Naidu’s house would have submerged completely. Imagine what would happen if the inflow would be 19 lakh cusecs as it happened a decade ago,” an official said.
“The house and the marooning of it with flood water is a standing testimony to the breach of rules by the building and the stand of the State Government is vindicated,” the official added.