State will turn into a desert if the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal’s judgment on Krishna water utilisation is implemented, said retired Engineer-in-Chief, (Irrigation) T.Hanumantha Rao.
He was speaking at a seminar – ‘First judgment of Tribunal on Krishna Waters’- organised by the AP Rythu Kuli Sangham on the occasion of the seventh death anniversary of Farmers’ movement leader Koratala Satyanarayana here on Saturday.
Explaining the repercussions in the event of implementation of the latest Tribunal judgement, Mr.Hanumantha Rao said pressure should be brought for protecting the rights of the State. As per the old allocation of waters, State was entitled to 524 tmc including 78 tmc from various projects.
However the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal calculated the allocation based on 65 per cent dependability and allocated 248 tmc to the upper riparian states. If the surplus waters allotted to those States were taken into account, then the share of lower riparian states like Andhra Pradesh would further come down to 199 tmc.
All India Kisan Sabha President S. Mallareddy pointed out that the upper states were constructing several 1 tmc capacity road cum barrages but they were drawing 100 tmc through lifts. The State did not have information about this type of barrages and it should gather such data and submit it during their arguments.