Supply from Sagar, Srisailam not enough to meet needs of AP and TS, says KRMB

Published: 27th August 2016 04:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th August 2016 04:25 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: While only 83.5 TMC water is available in Nagarjuna Sagar and Srisailam dams, the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states have sought the release of 87 TMC water for agriculture and drinking water needs, during the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) meeting held here on Friday.

With no consensus at the Board meeting, the KRMB member secretary Samir Chattarjee and engineers-in-chief of AP and TS will meet again on Saturday to decide the exact quantity of water to be released for both the states.

According to sources, the TS wanted release of 40 TMC, including 10 TMC, for drinking water needs. On the other hand, AP wanted release of 47 TMC both for agriculture and drinking water.

However, the KRMB secretary informed the officials of AP and TS that the actual water available as on date in Nagarjuna Sagar and Srisailam projects was just 83.5 TMC, excluding evaporation losses. Hence, the Board could not release 87 TMC water for both the states.

There was no unanimity on the contentious issues in the KRMB meeting. While the TS officials wanted 50 per cent share in the power generated at Srisailam, the Board secretary informed that the power-sharing row between the two states was pending with the Union Ministry of Power and it could not be decided at KRMB meeting.

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