Andhra Pradesh

Maharashtra, Karnataka fear losing flexibility on Krishna waters: TS

The Telangana government has argued before the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal (KWDT) that Maharashtra and Karnataka opposed reallocation of water between the four riparian States as they apprehended losing in the process “comfort of flexibility” if en bloc allotment of water already done to them by the tribunal was withdrawn.

En bloc allotment

Presenting the case of Telangana on the second day of hearing by the tribunal at New Delhi, senior counsel C.S. Vaidyanathan said Maharashtra and Karnataka had constructed a number of barrages and projects on the basis of en bloc allotment of water. As upper riparian States, both of them appropriated the entire water as they had storage capacity.

While Maharashtra got 90 per cent of the allocated water in the current year, Karnataka too was in a comfortable position having realised two-thirds of its share. On the other hand, AP and Telangana had a huge deficit getting only 89 tmc ft in Srisailam and Jurala reservoirs.

Mr. Vaidyanathan said en bloc allocation of water was not justified in the event of deficit flows. The deficit water sharing could be ensured if river basin as a unit was considered for water allocation.

The allocation could not be equitable if two of the four States had deficit flows. Parliament passed the AP Reorganisation Act making project-wise allocation of water as it was aware of the approach of KWDT I & II. It pursued injustice to Telangana in the matter of water allocation in the last 60 years.

Parliament gave the mandate to determine project-wise specific allocation and determination of operational protocol as it was aware that Maharashtra had constructed as many as 30 new projects and Karnataka 21 new projects with the flexibility of en bloc allocation of water.

The two States had not let down a single drop of water downstream which aggravated the drought situation in Telangana.

Moreover, only 12.8 per cent of allocation was made to Telangana though 20 per cent of the cultivable area of entire basin existed in the State.

Maharashtra also released water beyond river basin though it was supposed to feed the basin area after meeting its requirement for power generation.



Senior counsel C.S. Vaidyanathan says both States constructed a number of barrages and projects on the basis of en bloc allotment of water



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