Hyderabad: The proceedings before the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal (KWDT) will resume for hearing from February 8 to 11, 2022.
In its order, the KWDT said the decision to resume proceedings in February was taken following a joint request of the counsels for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, CS Vaidyanathan and R Venkataramani respectively.
Since the cross-examination of irrigation expert and witness Ghanshyam Jha for Telangana was completed on Friday, Vaidyanathan informed that only one more witness may have to be examined on behalf of Telangana. In that event, the affidavit of that witness would be filed before the tribunal by the end of December after furnishing a copy of the same to the counsel for AP.
The two counsels have also indicated some difficulties and urged that the case now may be fixed in February 2022 for further cross-examination of witness K Palanisami and the evidence of the other witness for Telangana, whose affidavit may be filed by the end of December.
Earlier in the day, Jha during cross-examination said Telangana was continuously suffering from water deficiency and it deserved to be provided the entire carry over. He was replying to a question from Venkataramani on carryover storage.
To another question, he said the Krishna was a scarce basin. “Every drop of water is required to be used to optimum efficiency and requirement. Scientific crop planning is necessary. In addition, the outside basin diversion has to be kept at the minimum level,” he said.
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