Fresh Row Likely over Sharing Kharif Water

With no major inflows into any reservoirs on Krishna river, AP and TS may spar over sharing water for kharif season

Published: 07th June 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th June 2015 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Less water in reservoirs across Krishna river is likely to fuel a fresh row over sharing of waters for the ensuing kharif season between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. If there are no good rains in June, water sharing would become very difficult between the two states.

The Krishna River Management Board (KRMB), which has to supervise the sharing of river waters failed to convene even one meeting in the last few months. As the Board chairman is on a foreign trip, the meeting is likely to be held in the third week of June.

FRESH.JPGAP and Telangana may vie with each other for their share of water in Krishna to raise nurseries.

The KRMB meeting was cancelled thrice in the last few months which irked both AP and Telangana. When water sharing became an issue between the two states during Rabi season, the Board could not resolve it. 

Chief ministers of both AP and Telangana  N Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao sat together with governor ESL Narasimhan and resolved the matter amicably.

“If there are good rains and the reservoirs are filled to the brim, there will be no problem. Otherwise, it will be difficult for both the states,” official sources said.

“We are praying God for good rains so that the tanks which were restored under Mission Kakatiya will be filled with water. This will solve the problems of the farmers to some extent,” irrigation minister T Harish Rao said.

Meanwhile, the AP government had already requested the KRMB to release water from Nagarjuna Sagar for Krishna delta farmers to raise paddy nurseries. TS government may also make a similar request to the KRMB soon to raise nurseries in Nalgonda and Khammam districts.

As of today there are no major inflows into any major reservoirs on Krishna right from Almatti to Nagarjuna Sagar.


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