Government will make a detailed analysis of the judgment and take it up in the Supreme Court, says Anam

The final judgment given by the Brajesh Kumar tribunal on the Krishna Waters dispute on Friday left the State deeply disappointed as it did not give relief on any of the 14 amendments it sought on the interim order issued in December 2010.

The State’s appeal to restore the allocation of waters based on the 75 per cent dependability under the Bachawat award (KWDT-I) instead of Brajesh Kumar tribunal’s decision to allocate waters on 65 per cent dependability to the three riparian States was not conceded.

Andhra Pradesh now gets 811 tmcft of assured water at 75 per cent dependability with freedom to use 227.5 tmcft of surplus water. However, under the 65 per cent dependability allocation, Karnataka would get 105 tmcft and Maharashtra, 35 tmcft of assured additional allocation.

Thus Andhra Pradesh is deprived of water to that extent from what it would have come to it as surplus waters under KWDT-I award thus putting all the flood water based projects taken up by the State Government under Jalayagnam at grave risk. The Tribunal’s judgement would now allow Karnataka and Maharashtra to utilise what was termed surplus under the Bachawat award.

State’s crucial plea against increasing the height of Alamatti dam also went unheeded and Karnataka can now raise it from 519.6 to 524.25 metres, facilitating it to store 303 tmcft . This could impact release of water to Jurala, Srisailam, Nagarjunasagar and Prakasam barrage.

Under the KWDT-II’s final order, the total allocation to State has gone up from 1001 to 1005 tmcft following fresh allocation of four tmcft given to RDS Right main canal after deducting the same from the allocation made to projects in Karnataka.

Giving his reaction to the judgment, Finance Minister A. Ramanarayana Reddy said he was yet to read the full text but the initial impression was that it would adversely affect the State. “The four districts of Rayalaseema and Nellore and Prakasam will be worst hit due to drastic reduction in allocation of surplus waters on which many projects are based,” he said.

He said the Government would make a detailed analysis of the judgment and take it up in the Supreme Court where a Special Leave Petition against KWDT-II interim judgement is pending.

The judgment would not be implemented nor notified in the gazette till the SLP was disposed off in the Apex Court. “Even if one per cent of the State’s irrigation and water availability interests are affected, we will fight it out in the Supreme Court and take it up with the Centre”, he added.

In the wake of criticism that the State Government failed to present its arguments properly, backed with evidence, Mr. Anam said the State presented its arguments forcefully.