Hyderabad: Making it amply clear that Andhra Pradesh has utilised more Krishna River water than it was allocated, the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) on Tuesday directed the neighbouring State not to draw further water from Nagarjunasagar Right canal, Handri Neeva Srujala Sravanthi (HNSS) and Muchhumarri Lift Irrigation Scheme
A letter to this effect was dashed off by the KRMB to the Engineer-In-Chief of water Resources Department of AP.
The letter came in the backdrop of the objection of Telangana government to the proposed Rayalaseema lift irrigation scheme to lift 3 TMC of Krishna water from Srisailam reservoir. A. Paramesham, member Secretary KRMB, in his letter said that the utilisations made as on May 19, 2020, for Nagarjunasagar Right Canal, HNSS and Muchhumarri LIS exceeded against the approved indents up to the end of May this year. “In view of the above it is requested not to draw further water from these outlets so as to meet the needs of drinking water till the onset of the monsoon,” he said.
In a significant move, the KRMB directed Andhra Pradesh to follow the Water Release Orders of the KRMB in letter and spirit without giving scope for other State (Telangana) to complain. The water release order given on April 22, is about utilisation of water from both reservoirs of Nagarjunasagar and Srisailam projects based on the availability of water as on April 20, 2020.
The KRMB mentioned that Andhra Pradesh has already utilised 158.264 TMC in Sagar Right canal out of allocated 158.255 TMC, and 47.328 TMC out of 47.173 TMC in HNSS and Muchhumarri leaving no balance whatsoever to draw any further.
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