KRMB frowns at AP water drawal

Fact-finding team rushed to Pothireddipadu submits report.

By Author  |  Published: 20th Sep 2017  10:34 pmUpdated: 20th Sep 2017  10:35 pm
File Photo: Krishna Water Pipelines

Hyderabad: The Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) swung into action as Andhra Pradesh resumed its unauthorised water drawals from Srisailam project by operating the Pothireddipadu head regulator again on Wednesday.

Responding to the protests lodged by Telangana, the board decided to convene an emergency meeting of its three-member committee on September 22 as part of its firefighting measures.

A three-member fact-finding team, headed by a CWC official, rushed by the board to Pothiredipadu, noticed all the ten gates of the head regulator partly opened, facilitating release of about 10,000 cusecs, which works out to nearly one tmc a day.

The Pothireddipadu head regulator, which was closed late on Tuesday evening following protests from TS, was reopened within less than 12 hours by a team of irrigation officials who returned with farmers from the nearby villages accompanying them.
Initially, they released water opening only five of the gates partly and the volume of flow was a little over 5,000 cusecs. Later, they lifted five more gates, doubling the volume of water drawn from the project.

KRMB takes serous view

The TS irrigation officials took up the issue with the KRMB once again in the day. Samir Chatterjee, member secretary of the board, had reportedly assured them that the board would take up the issue with New Delhi and ensure timely action.

AP irrigation officials had reportedly justified the drawals being made on their own without the consent of the KRMB on the plea that the water was meant to meet drinking needs and they did so under pressure of the local people.

The KRMB has reportedly taken a serious view of the AP move as it had ignored the caution sounded by the board on September 12 against unauthorised drawals. It wanted the two States to place indent at least a week before to draw water from the common reservoirs.

The KRMB’s three-member committee will also discuss the indent placed by Andhra Pradesh on September 17, seeking 5 tmc for Mutchumarri- Handri neeva Sujala Shravanti lift, 6 tmc for Nagarjunasagar Left Canal and 5 tmc from Pothireddipadu head regulator to meet drinking water needs.

The indent placed by Telangana for 40 tmc to meet the drinking water needs of Hyderabad City, besides Nalgonda, Khammam and Mahabubnagar districts till July 2018, will also come up for discussion at the meeting.

How tussle unfolded

  • AP defies board, resumes unauthorised drawals
  • Justifies drawals, saying they were carried out for drinking water needs and pressure from locals
  • Ten gates lifted partly, Srisailam drained by 1 tmc a day
  • Member secretary of KRMB assures TS officials that the board would take up issue with Delhi
  • KRMB to also discuss AP indent, seeking 5 tmc for Mutchumarri-Handri Neeva Sujala Shravanti lift, 6 tmc for NSP Left Canal and 5 tmc from Pothireddipadu