AP approaches Centre as Telagana begins power generation at Srisailam
With the Telangana government going ahead with power generation at Srisailam, the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday raised the issue with the Centre saying it would hinder water supply to the Rayalaseema region.
New Delhi: With the Telangana government going ahead with power generation at Srisailam, the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday raised the issue with the Centre saying it would hinder water supply to the Rayalaseema region.
Andhra Pradesh Minister for Irrigation and Water Resources Management Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao met Union Water Resource Minister Uma Bharati and accused the Telangana Government of violating the order of Krishna River Management Board.
The meeting comes a day after Telangana Irrigation Minister Harish Rao had called on the Union Water Resource Minister, who is also the Chairperson of the Apex Council for Krishna River Management Board, in the wake of dispute between the two states over sharing of water and electricity.
The board had directed that water in Srisailam may be used optimally in such a way that drawing water for power generation may not exceed three TMC up to November 2, the AP Irrigation Minister said.
"The present level of the reservoir is 857 feet. The water level would reduce by three TMC for power generation resulting in hindrance to supply drinking water for the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh as the levels will not permit to move water in that direction," he said after meeting Bharati here.
Telangana government's action was a violation of Krishna River Management Board, he added.
Pointing out that the present water available at Srisailam was the only source of water for the backward (Rayalaseema) region, Rao said the smooth flow of water would be obstructed as the water level falls.
Rao also said he would meet Central Water Commission Chairman over the issue.