Minister Allays Fears of 'Water Wars'

Major irrigation minister P Sudarshan Reddy called upon people not to believe the campaign that state division will lead to ‘water wars’.

Published: 30th January 2014 08:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th January 2014 08:43 AM   |  A+A-

Major irrigation minister P Sudarshan Reddy called upon people not to believe the campaign that state division will lead to ‘water wars’.

In a press release on Wednesday, the minister said allocation of waters to major and minor irrigation projects would be unchanged even after division.

Krishna water allocated to the state was 811 tmc and the current usage is 855 tmc. Of this, the water allocated to Rayalaseem is 145 tmc, Telangana 299 tmc and Andhra 367 tmc. There will be no change in these allocations after the division of the state, the minister clarified.

Of the 145 tmc allocated to Rayalaseema, only 19 tmc is to be given from Srisailam and the remaining 126 tmc from Tungabhadra. So, Rayalaseema people need have any doubts over sharing of Krishna water, he said.

Moreover, in the last 40 years, on an average, 707 tmc water was going waste from Krishna into the sea every year, the minister added. A mechanism would be evolved by the Centre to distribute water post- division and there would be no problem in this regard, he added.

In Godavari river, the State could use 1,486 tmc, of which Telangana share is 912 tmc and Andhra’s share 510 tmc. Every year, around 2,500 tmc goes waste into the sea from Godavari.

 So, there should not be any doubts that Godavari delta would not get water after creation of Telangana state, he said.

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