Special Correspondent

Maharashtra and Karnataka permitted to utilise surplus water from river

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Rashtra Samiti has said the interim verdict of the new Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal is against the State interest, and urged the Government to get a stay on it.

TRS floor leader G.Vijayarama Rao and legislators K. Nagesh and K. Laxma Reddy told a press conference here on Wednesday that the tribunal, while allowing diversion of water from the Krishna to the Pennar Basin, had permitted Maharashtra and Karnataka to utilise the surplus. Consequently, the surplus inflows into Andhra Pradesh would get depleted.

This, in turn, would result in diversion of the assured water for projects in Rayalaseema.

They feared that farmers in the Krishna delta, Nalgonda, Khammam and Guntur would not get assured water and "not a drop would be available to Telangana". They alleged that the Government was `partisan' towards Rayalaseema and diverting the Krishna water to that region while neglecting other areas.

Jana chaitanya yatras

The TRS leaders accused the Government of failing to effectively put forth the State's case before the tribunal, and wanted public representatives from the Krishna Delta to protest. Of the 810 tmc allocated to the State, Telangana was getting only 100 to 150 tmc while the coastal region was utilising 500 tmc and Rayalaseema 150 tmc.

The party would wage a struggle till Telangana got its due share and educate people through `jana chaitanya yatras'.

The leaders demanded official celebration of the Telangana Liberation Day, like the Independence Day and Republic Day.