Hyderabad

TS, AP meeting ends up in disagreement

A meeting between irrigation engineers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh held here on Thursday by the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) on water utilisation by the two member States, particularly Andhra Pradesh, ended up in disagreement.

It is understood that there has been disagreement between the two sides on water discharge and its entry in records pertaining to the utilisation from Pothireddypadu head regulator and K.C. Canal system as also diversion of Godavari water to Krishna Delta through Pattiseema lift irrigation project, when huge quantity of water has been flowing waste into the sea from Prakasam Barrage.

According to sources — the engineers who participated in the meeting — reconciliation of the volume of water drawn did not happen as there was disagreement between the two sides. The engineers from Telangana argued before the KRMB officials that the difference between the water drawn from Pothireddypadu and recorded was 18 tmcft, while their AP counterparts contended that it was only 3 tmcft.

Similarly, the difference between the water drawn from K.C. Canal head regulator and the volume recorded was 8.5 tmcft according to Telangana engineers while the AP engineers put it at only 2.26 tmcft. “At least they have now admitted that there is a difference in the volume of water drawn and recorded. Earlier, there used to be only denial. When we have asked for details, the AP engineers said they would produce them at the next meeting,” a Telangana engineer who participated in the meeting told The Hindu.

Another contention of Telangana brought to the notice of the KRMB officials was the claims of AP that it had so far diverted 21.97 tmcft of Godavari water to Krishna Delta through Pattiseema project. The AP engineers argued that the volume of water diverted from Godavari should be deducted from their utilisation.

Water goes waste

“Their argument of water diversion, when huge volume of water has been flowing waste into the sea from Prakasam Barrage, does not hold ground on any merit. Over 538 tmcft of Krishna water has gone waste into the sea from Prakasam Barrage till 6 a.m. on Thursday and the claims of water diversion with such a scenario sounds absurd,” sources said.

However, there was some ground for reconciliation between the two sides in the matter of water flow in the Nagarjunasagar Left Canal that serves ayacut both in Telangana and AP. The AP engineers stated that expected quantity of water was being received at the State border. It was decided to discuss the issues of disagreement at the next meeting.

Meanwhile, AP is understood to have submitted indent for 150 tmcft and Telangana for 79 tmcft for the next three months. A meeting of the board to discuss another contentious issue of working manual is scheduled to be held on October 15.

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