Telangana, Andhra review diversion of Godavari water

Legal impediments, financial implications discussed

July 09, 2019 11:11 pm | Updated 11:11 pm IST - HYDERABAD

Senior irrigation engineers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh exchanged views on each other’s proposals on diversion of Godavari water to the Krishna basin to meet the huge deficit being suffered by the two States very often. The two sides have put forth two proposals each.

Issues linked to Brijesh Kumar Tribunal (KWDT-II), before which the two States are in the process of arguing for their share of water out of joint allocation made to combined AP, legal impediments, likely demands of upper riparian States for higher allocation in Krishna waters in lieu of diversion of Godavari water to the Krishna basin, related clauses in the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal report submitted already but not implemented were among several related issued discussed at length at a meeting held here on Tuesday.

The two sides were led by Engineers-in-Chief C. Muralidhar and M. Venkateswara Rao, respectively. The Telangana side comprised OSD in Chief Minister’s Office Sridhar Rao Deshpande, chief engineers S. Narasimha Rao (Inter State) and V. Narasimha (Nagarjunasagar), superintending engineers T. Nageswara Rao (Sita Rama) and V. Mohan Kumar (Inter State), retired engineers M. Shyamprasad Reddy, P. Venkatrama Rao, G. Chandramouli and others. The AP side too had several senior engineers, including a few retired ones.

A senior engineer, who participated in the meeting, told The Hindu that the two sides discussed available yields and demands in the Krishna basin of the two States and also the difference between the yields and demands.

“Another important aspect discussed was the quantum of water which could be diverted and options of diversion from the proposed points to Nagarjunasagar and Srisailam reservoirs”, he stated.

The AP side presented two proposals, one for diversion from Dummugudem to Srisailam and another from Polavaram to Nagarjunasagar via the proposed barrage at Vaikunthapuram, Pulichintala, Nagarjunasagar tail pond and reversible pumping from there to Nagarajunasagar.

Similarly, Telangana has put forward two proposals, including one from Rampuram below Kanthanapally to Srisailam and another from Polavaram to Srisailam. The common proposal of the two States has been diversion from Polavaram, where maximum yield of Godavari is available.

“Financial implications of the proposals from the two sides, and the requirement of forest and private land were also discussed,” the source said.

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