HYDERABAD: The Telangana government will not stop generating power from the Srisailam reservoir, major irrigation minister T Harish Rao has asserted.
The minister was responding to a complaint lodged by the AP government with the Krishna Water Board here on Wednesday that the Telangana government was going against the AP Reorganisation Act 2014 vis-a-vis power generation.
“Though the legitimate share of AP in Krishna river water at Srisailam is only 30 tmcft, the AP government is drawing 60 tmcft water illegally,” he declared.
Accusing Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu of deceiving Telangana people even after the formation of Telangana state, he said, “The Telangana government will not stop generating power from the Srisailam project and it is justified under the Reorganisation Act.”
He sought to know why the AP government was deliberately making efforts to usurp powers obtained by the Telangana people with regard to power and irrigation.
“Have the people of Telangana not been magnanimous enough to allow Hyderabad to continue as common capital for a period of ten years?” he pointedly asked Naidu.
Rao demanded that the AP government reciprocate the gesture and asked it to provide Telangana its due share of power as prescribed by the AP Reorganisation Act- 2014 in the ratio of 54:46 between Telangana and AP governments respectively.
Telangana has been denied its rightful share in Krishnapatnam, Lower Sileru and renewable energy sources of power, he said.