Jagan seeks stoppage of water release from Srisailam dam

 The opposition YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh today requested the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to restrain neighbouring Telangana from using Srisailam water for power generation, and to create a permanent mechanism to resolve the inter-state power issues.

Hyderabad: The opposition YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh today requested the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to restrain neighbouring Telangana from using Srisailam water for power generation, and to create a permanent mechanism to resolve the inter-state power issues.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the party chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy also said the Centre should supply 15 million units of power per day to the power-starved Telangana.

"This is an SOS seeking your urgent intervention...The Telangana government started power generation from hydro-power stations located on Telangana side of the Srisailam project to meet its ever-mounting power deficit. Telangana has a generating capacity of 900 MW and if it started using the full capacity, about five TMC of water per day will be discharged. This is leading to release of substantial quantities of water from Srisailam reservoir to downstream," the letter said.

The water level in the Srisailam reservoir has already fallen to 857 feet and is expected to fast deplete, it added.

At this rate, the perennially drought-prone Rayalaseema region will not have even drinking water, the letter alleged.

Jagan conceded that Telangana was power-starved, and suggested that Centre may allocate some power to it.

Since creation of the new state, the governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh had found it impossible to sort out any bilateral issue, may it be admissions to higher educational institutions, tuition fees reimbursement or the issue of water release, Jagan said.

"Both the governments seem to be politicising issues rather than finding solutions. Naturally, the people have become a casualty," said the letter.

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