Hyderabad: The Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) has asked the Andhra Pradesh government to furnish views and submit the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of the proposed irrigation schemes and projects immediately to it.
In a letter to the Engineer-in-Chief, Andhra Pradesh Water Resources Department, KRMB member DM Raipure referred the letter received from the Engineer-in-Chief, Telangana Irrigation and Command Area Development (CAD) C Muralidhar requesting the board to restrain AP from unauthorised enhancement of scope for surplus water based projects including Telugu Ganga Project (TGP) and Veligonda project by AP government in violation of provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act (APRA) – 2014.
Muralidhar complained to the KRMB that taking up surplus based projects including TGP and Veligonda would be detrimental to the interests of projects in Telangana serving acute drought-prone fluoride affected basin areas apart from the settled ayacuts of Nagarjuna Sagar Project command downstream of Srisailam project in addition to the drinking water needs of Hyderabad.
Moreover, Telangana was pleading before the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal-II (KWDT-II) to allocate water giving priority to the inside in basin projects. Further, the very question of allowing Pothireddypadu Head Regulator (PRP HR) during flood flows is under adjudication by the KWDT-II under Section 89 proceedings.
Muralidhar requested the KRMB to restrain AP from modifying the scope of TGP and adding new components based on the Krishna waters without proper approvals from officials concerned. He also requested the board to bring the issue to the notice of the Ministry of Water Resources for taking necessary action at the earliest.
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