Staff Correspondent

`Andhra Pradesh getting excess water'

  • Demand for uninterrupted water release into canal
  • `Board not maintaining record of water release'

    RAICHUR: The district unit of the Congress has demanded that the Government restrict the release of water from the Tungabhadra reservoir into the canals in Andhra Pradesh as that State has used about 4 tmcft of water in excess of its quota for the current season. The party has also demanded uninterrupted release of water into the Tungabhadra Left Bank Canal (TLBC) until the end of March.

    `Farmers affected'

    N.S. Bose Raju, MLA, and member of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), told presspersons here on Monday that the Tungabhadra Board had allegedly allowed the release of more water to Andhra Pradesh than it was entitled to.

    This had not only affected the interests of farmers in the State but also the normal flow in the TLBC.

    He said Andhra Pradesh had been allocated 4 tmcft of water for the rest of the year. But it had already drawn the quantum in excess, he alleged. But the board had not maintained a proper record of this release.

    Call for action

    He demanded that the Government take immediate steps to suspend the release of water into Andhra Pradesh's canals.

    Mr. Raju said the Government had promised uninterrupted release of water into the TLBC until the end of March to save the standing summer crops in the command area. But Minister for Water Resources K.S. Eshwarappa had recently announced that the Government would release water into the canal only until March 23.

    Farmers' demand

    He said farmers living near the TLBC had demanded that the Government release about 9 tmcft of water from the Bhadra into the Tungabhadra so that there would be sufficient water for release into the TLBC until the end of March.

    However, the Government had decided to release only about 5 tmcft of water, or 2,000 cusecs daily. Mr. Raju said there was a need to release about 5,000 cusecs daily from the Bhadra to improve the storage level in the Tungabhadra.

    President of the district unit of the Congress A. Vasanthkumar was present.