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KRMB panel allows AP to draw 9 tmc ft water for irrigation

It also agrees withdrawal of 24 tmc ft by Telangana

The row over utilisation of Krishna waters between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has subsided for the time being with the three-member committee of Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) allowing them to avail 33 tmc ft water till the month-end for meeting immediate irrigation needs.

The three-member panel comprising KRMB Member-Secretary A. Paramesham and Engineers-in-Chief of AP and TS M. Venkateswara Rao and C. Muralidhar, respectively, met here on Friday allowed AP to utilise 9 tmc ft and Telangana 24 tmc ft water to protect the standing crops under Nagarjunasagar Right and Left Canal systems. Official sources told The Hindu that about 15 tmc ft out of 33 tmc ft to be drawn by the two States would be released from Srisailam to Nagarjunasagar after generation of power. The dispute over utilisation of water reached a flash point on February 28 when the irrigation officials and police from the two sides gathered at Srisailam Right Canal regulator at the reservoir site, following orders issued by KRMB to stop water release to the canal.

The officials from AP were insisting upon drawal of water below the minimum draw down level (MDDL) in Nagarjunasagar – 510 ft level with storage of 131.669 tmc ft – in the name of saving the standing crop both under the Right and Left Canals in its territory but their Telangana counterparts opposed it strongly highlighting the difficulties in drawing drinking water, particularly to Hyderabad, last year, the sources explained.

Accordingly, it was agreed to release 15 tmc ft water from Srisailam to Nagarjunasagar so as to maintain at least 520 ft level in the reservoir till March 20 and 515 ft till March-end, the sources said adding that the water level in the project was at 522.8 ft with a storage of 154.43 tmc ft at 8 pm on Friday. Similarly, the level was 840.7 tmc ft in Srisailam with a storage of 62.94 tmc ft at 6 pm. The withdrawals from Srisailam backwaters stood at 1,350 cusecs to Handri Neeva lift, 494 cusecs to Muchumarri lift for supplementing the K-C Canal system and 800 cusecs to Kalwakurthy lift at 6 pm on Friday. The Telangana officials put its requirements at 46 tmc ft till July-end for drinking and irrigation needs of the ongoing rabi season. The river board has asked the two States to coordinate among themselves on release of water to Nagarjunasagar Right and Left Canal systems to save the standing crop.


SHARING AMICABLY

  • KRMB calculated available water above MDDL at 36.18 tmcft on February 27

  • MDDL of Nagarjunasagar fixed at 510 ft with storage of 131.67 tmcft and that of Srisailam at 834 ft with storage of 53.85 tmcft

  • Water level in Nagarjunasagar stood at 522.8 ft (154.43 tmcft) against FRL of 590 ft; Srisailam at 840.7 ft (62.94 tmcft) against FRL of 885 ft


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