TS may say no to telemetries in Godavari basin

By   |  Published: 29th Jun 2018  8:19 pm

Hyderabad: The State is likely to say no to the move for installation of telemetries in the Godavari basin. The Telemetries installed in Krishna basin to resolve water sharing issues between the two Telugu States, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are of no use so far.

The telemetries in certain locations, such as the Pothyreddypadu head regulator, where from AP has sourced a bulk of its water drawls, had so far been a failed experiment and Telangana State has been paying a high price for it. The Irrigation officials, representing Telangana at the Godavari River Management Board scheduled to be held on July 3 will ask the Union Minister for Water Resources for making the telemetry systems installed in the Krishna basin functional and useful on priority.

There are no major issues between the two Telugu State so far as the sharing of the Godavari waters is concerned barring the diversion of waters by Andhra Pradesh to Krishna basin through Pattiseema project. There were no common water drawl points involving both the States in the Godavari basin and absolutely no need for telemetries at this juncture, said the Irrigation department officials.

The Chief Secretary, S K Joshi also had already indicated the same in one of his previous letters to the GRMB. The State Irrigation officials may stick to the same stand on the issue at the GRMB meeting. The officials are expected to insist on steps to compensate its loss due to the diversion of Godavari water to Krishna basin through Pattiseema project.

The GRMB meeting will discuss the budgetary support expected from the two riparian States for its operations during 2018-2019 and deployment of manpower. Chairman of the GRMB H K Sahu, who is holding additional charge of the KRMB is firm on playing an impartial role in resolving all water sharing issues in the basin.