AP welcomes the centre issuing notification for fixing river board jurisdictions

Amaravati, July 16: 

Andhra Pradesh Government on Friday welcomed the Central government’s Gazette notification finalising the jurisdiction of both Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) and Godavari River Management Board (GRMB).

Speaking to the media J Syamala Rao, Principal Secretary of Irrigation Department said  with the Gazette notification, KRMB and GRMB would have control over the operations and maintenance of the irrigation projects in both Krishna and Godavari basins, which would come into effect from October 14, 2021. He said that this particular notification was due since the State bifurcation, and added that the State’s water share would now fall under the jurisdiction of the Boards.

About the water dispute, he said that the Telangana State had been generating electricity indiscriminately for the last 45 days in Srisailam, Nagarjunasagar and Pulichintala projects.As per the norms the State government should make an indent to KRMB and based on that the Board should issue orders for power generation. However,  Telangana government started generating electricity independently without KRMB orders and went further by issuing GO 34 according to which it declared that it should use its quota to generate power.

From June 1 this year, Srisailam reservoir had an inflow of 30.38 TMC , of which 29.82 TMC was utilised by the Telangana government for power generation, leaving the storage at 806.8 feet.

 He said that a minimum level of 854 feet was required to draw water from the Pothireddypadu Head Regulator on gravity basis and the level in the reservoir should be 881 feet for AP State to draw its share of water. 

Explaining the case of the Pulichintala project, he said that the Telangana government used 8 TMC of water for power generation, despite the KRMB’s objection. In the last 45 days, since June 1, the Telangana government has used 66 TMC of water for power generation, even after AP raising objections. 

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had written a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that Telangana government stopped generating power and also appealed to notify the jurisdiction of KRMB and handover the common projects to the Board, by assigning central forces like CISF as security, said Syamala Rao. In this case, the State government also approached the Supreme Court to sort out the issue. In this backdrop, the Centre had realised the Gazette notification bringing all the projects under the jurisdiction of KRMB and GRMB, he claimed.

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