PM Modi should stop AP irrigation projects detrimental to Telangana interests: Congress | Hyderabad News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: The Congress has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to order for stoppage of works by the Andhra Pradesh government on expansion of Pothireddypadu Head Regulator to 80000 cusecs, construction of Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme (RLIS) to draw 3 TMC water per day at Sangameswaram in the foreshore of Srisailam reservoir and other projects.
In a letter to the PM and Jal Shakti ministry, former minister Nagam Janardhan Reddy of the Congress urged them to immediately stop drawl of water from other projects by the AP government including Muchumarri, GNSS, Veligonda, HNSS, TGP. “The illegally drawing of water from Krishna river and supplying it to ayacut and filling reservoirs including Somasila and Kandaleru located outside Krishna basin by the AP government should be stopped immediately,” Janardhan Reddy stated in the letter.
He demanded that Krishna water allocation should be made to AP only after the drinking and irrigation water requirements of the people living in the river basin in Telangana state are met.
“We humbly submit that the notification issued by the Ministry of Jal Shakti with regard to Krishna river water will be depriving the inherent right of the people living in the Krishna river basin in Telangana state in the utilisation of Krishna waters,” he stated.
Stating that the combined districts of Telangana namely Mahabubnagar, Rangareddy, Nalgonda, Hyderabad, Warangal (Part), Medak (Part) and Khammam (Part) lie in Krishna basin, Janardhan reddy said the percentage of irrigation in Mahbubnagar, Rangareddy, Nalgonda is 14.37%, 10.04% and 27.63% respectively. Out of total cultivable area of 94.45 lakh acres under the above (7) districts, irrigation provided for is only 18.76 lakh acres having a huge gap of 75.75 lakh acres without irrigation for want of water.
“The entire population of these districts which include Hyderabad Metropolitan area having a population of 13 million are dependent on Krishna river for drinking water. Thus, Telangana state requires more than 1000 TMC of water from Krishna river for both irrigation and drinking water,” Janardhan Reddy said.
Any irrigation use outside the basin, ignoring the claims of the basin itself, will sooner or later lead to undesirable complications.
Therefore, the A.P has no right to claim for either assured or surplus water for the areas for use outside Krishna basin and cannot object to the projects completed, in progress or proposed in Telangana state as it lies in Krishna basin and has every right to use the water, he added


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