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Cut up with the Krishna River Management Board’s (KRMB) allocation of 17 tmcft for Telangana and 16 tmcft for neighbouring Andhra Pradesh to meet water requirements in April, the Telangana government has decided to demand for a fair review of Wednesday’s distribution of water.
Senior irrigation officials of Telangana said they will demand another meeting ahead of March 30. What has irked Telangana is the board’s decision to carry forward the unutilised waters to next month. The irrigation officials said the board has also failed to look at the actual utilisation by both the states.
While Telangana could not utilise its entire allocation of 24.467 tmcft for March, AP utilised more than what was allocated to it. AP drew 1.35 tmcft water in addition to 9.3 tmcft allotted by KRMB whereas Telangana has 7.26 tmcft at its disposal for utilisation.
Without considering the ground realities and actual utilisation by both the states, KRMB has distributed water for April, a senior official said. “How can the board ensure 510 ft level at Nagarjunasagar as it has already made allocation for remaining 33 tmcft water above the minimum draw down level (MDDL). This goes against our earlier demand,” pointed out the official.
At the same time, Telangana will demand reduction of 1.35 tmcft from AP quota as the state drew more than the allocation it was given. Chief secretary of Telangana Shailendra Kumar Joshi had already dashed off a letter to KRMB to ensure 510 ft level at Nagarjunasagar till end of May so as to provide drinking water to Hyderabad. At present, Srisailam dam’s level stands at 813.6 ft and Sagar has water level at 522 ft.
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