Andhra vs Telangana: Krishna river water sharing triggers differences yet again

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Hyderabad, July 21: The never ending differences between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana over Krishna river water sharing took a toll over the proceedings of Krishna River Management Board meeting.

While AP sought release of water from the Nagarjunasagar dam for the Krishna Pushkaralu and drinking water needs, Telangana objected citing its own drinking water needs.

Nagarjunasagar Dam

Even as the argument did not reach a consensus, the meeting was called off abruptly by Board member-secretary Sameer Chatterjee.

Placing its argument before the Board, the engineer-in-chief from Telangana stated that the dam had already reached its dead storage level and that the state needs to utilise the 3 tmc ft to supply water to Hyderabad. The Engineers from the AP side argued that Telangana can release water from the right bank canal to meet its drinking water needs.

Telangana said that this was not possible as the water levels were low and there was no inflow from upstream Karnataka.

The argument was finally ended abruptly after it was decided that a secretary-level meeting with both the states would be held. Till now, the Telangan government has been arguing that it will be utilising its genuine share in Krishna water and will henceforth use water from Nettempad, Koilsagar and Bheema projects to meet drinking water needs in Mahbubnagar.

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