HYDERABAD/VIJAYAWADA : The Krishna River Water Management Board (KRMB) is planning to write a letter to the Central government seeking equity distribution of inflows into Krishna River in the upper riparian states to the downstream projects.The move follows a complaint lodged by Telangana and AP states with the board.The issue of non-release of water from the dams on the Krishna built in Karnataka and Maharashtra in spite of the availability of sufficient water there while the projects in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh having very low levels of water came up for discussion at the sixth meeting of KRMB held at Amaravati on Tuesday.
“The issue was discussed and we are planning to write a letter to the Centre and the Bajaj Committee for equitable share of inflows in the upstream projects for the downstream projects,” KRMB chairman AK Srivastava and member-secretary Sameer Chatterjee told the media after the meeting.It is learnt that officials of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh raised the issue of surplus waters in the upper riparian states at Narayanpur, Almatti and Koyana and at the lack of water even for drinking water purpose at the projects on the Krishna in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, which are the lower riparian states.
Officials of both states said the attitude of Karnataka and Maharashtra went against the national policy that rivers are national resources.The board was sensitive to the issue and said it would write a letter to the central government explaining the factual position. It even offered to hold a brainstorming session with officials of all the four states concerned — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh — to discuss the current issue, sources said.The brainstorming session is likely to be held at the National Water Academy in Pune in Maharashtra.
The KRMB chairman and the member-secretary said the allocation between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana was 511 and 299 tmcft of water, and whenever there was deficit or surplus, the issue would be referred to them and suitable allocations made.When pointed that the Telangana government was not following directions of the board with regard to release of water, they said it was not the case.
“In the past, some lapses were there in release of water. The issue was discussed at the meeting and sorted out. It was agreed that hereafter there would not be any time lapse or variations in discharge rate,” Chatterjee said.
Asked about release of water from Jurala project downstream, Chatterjee said the amount of inflow to Jurala was meagre and the water being utilised for the needs of the immediate locality. He said transfer of the water from Jurala to Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar was not discussed.Asked about the allocation of water for drinking purpose in both the states, he said there was no water.
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