In view of the growing concerns about sharing of river waters in the event of State bifurcation, Major Irrigation Minister P. Sudharshan Reddy has sought to allay such fears and asserted that no water wars will occur post division.
Addressing a media conference here on Tuesday, the Minister said he was not refuting Chief Minister’s remarks but was only presenting facts related to various projects with assured water allocation. The fears about water disputes were unfounded as there were boards and systems in place to monitor water allocation. He said 811 tmc of assured water was allocated from Krishna basin and another 227 tmc of surplus water to the three regions. Of the assured waters, Andhra region would get 367 tmc of assured water, 43.5 tmc surplus; Rayalaseema- 144 tmc assured water, 107 tmc surplus and Telangana -298 tmc assured and 77 tmc surplus. The project wise water allocations were already made based on assured water in Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana region and 95 per cent of these projects were completed and none could change the allocations, he said. On the lines of Tungabhadra board which monitored allocation of 132 tmc of water to Andhra and Karnataka states, such a board could be appointed for monitoring release of water from the projects after division of the State. He also said that of 1486 tmc of Godavari water available, State was using only 650 tmc now and 2,500 tmc of water was going waste into the sea every year. Once Polavaram project with capacity of 194 tmc was completed, water would be available for the second crop in Godavari delta, he said. Once the project was completed, the dead storage itself would be 100 tmc and of it 80 tmc to 90 tmc could also be used. Similarly State was not able to use 500 tmc of Krishna water and projects were planned for utilisation of 224 tmc and 55 tmc would be diverted to Rayalaseema.
The concerns are unfounded as there are boards and systems in place to monitor water allocation,
P. Sudharshan Reddy,
Major Irrigation Minister