AP Asked To Stop Drawal Of Krishna Water From Pothireddypadu:- In a major setback to Andhra Pradesh in water sharing with Telangana, the AP government has been instructed by the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) on Tuesday to stop drawal of Krishna water from Pothireddypadu Head Regulator with immediate effect.
The Board was acting on a complaint lodged by Telangana government. It found that about 12.436tmc ft of water was released from the head regulator as on October 3 against water release order of 3tmc ft (inclusive of already drawn water of about 1.5tmc ft). The Board further said that excess water from the regulator was released by the AP Government.
Earlier in the day, a strong letter was shot off to the board member-secretary by the Telangana Engineer-in-Chief C. Muralidhar, demanding action against AP government for excess drawal of water. He brought to the notice of the board that the AP government continued to draw the water, in spite of KRMB’s request to stop the drawal of water on September 27. The drinking and irrigation needs under Nagarjunasagar project and Krishna Basin in Telangana would be adversely affected due to the excess drawal of water, he stated.
The Telangana government on September 27 complained to the KRMB against the AP government about the tampering of telemetry machines at Pothireddypadu head regulator. Meanwhile, AP Engineer-in-Chief responding to the letter, said that only after seeking permission from the KRMB, they had drawn the water. He said that excess water had not been drawn by the AP government, as alleged by the Telangana government. He also denied that there has been any manipulation of telemetry system. But the KRMB has finally vindicated the stand of Telangana government and in a letter to AP Engineer-in-Chief (Irrigation), KRMB member-secretary Samir Chatterjee instructed him to stop drawal of water immediately.