Will use 50% of Krishna water, says Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: In a fresh salvo, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday said the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) has no right to ask Telangana to stop hydel power generation even as the state government demanded that the board cancel the July 9 meeting with Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on the ongoing tussle over irrigation projects and sharing of water between the two Telugu states.
Urging the KRMB to conduct the meeting after July 20, Telangana also asked the board to include contentious issues like ‘illegal’ projects constructed by AP in the agenda for the meeting. The CM, who chaired a high-level meeting with chief secretary Somesh Kumar and special chief secretary (water resources) Rajat Kumar on Saturday, resolved to continue with hydel power generation at Srisailam, Jurala, Nagarjuna Sagar and Pulichintala projects.
Reminding the KRMB that there were no agreements between the two states on hydel power generation, KCR said: “This year onwards, Telangana will utilise 50 per cent of Krishna water
(405.5 tmcft). Of the total 811 tmcft of water in Krishna, Telangana gets 299 tmcft and AP 512 tmcft. The meeting rejected the present 66:34 water sharing formula between AP and Telangana respectively.
The CM said hydel power was required for the state for lifting of water from various irrigation projects and also drinking water schemes such as Mission Bhagiratha and to meet Hyderabad drinking water needs. The meeting also reminded the Centre’s circular to generate 51 per cent of clean energy as thermal power energy is leading to pollution. “It is ridiculous that AP is complaining to the KRMB on hydel power generation. The neighbouring state is constructing Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Project (RLIP) in the name of holding surveys,” the meeting said.
The CM said the government would not compromise on the rights of Telangana people and farmers and will go to any length to fight the KRMB, tribunals and even the Centre.
While stressing that both the RLIP and Pothireddypadu project on Krishna river were illegal, the meeting said Telangana would not recognise them as they were taken up without allocation of a single drop and without environmental clearances. “Despite a stay by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), works are taken up. These issues will be raised in the upcoming KRMB meeting,” officials said.
Rejecting AP’s campaign that water is going waste into sea because of Telangana’s hydel power generation at Pulichintala, the meeting advised AP to utilise water from Prakasam barrage to meet requirements of Krishna basin districts and reduce costs of lifting Godavari water via Pattiseema project.
The meeting also resolved to fill the tanks and lakes under Jurala left and right canals. The recently completed Samakka barrage and Sitamma Sagar projects would henceforth be called as irrigation and hydro-electrical projects.
Meanwhile, the chief minister said that security deployment at Srisailam and other projects should continue and directed officials not to allow visitors, except TSGenco staff having ID cards at the project sites.

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