Telangana Share in Krishna for Year 2016-2017 Has to be Up by 35 TMC from 299 TMC


Pending allocation by KWDT-II (Krishna River Water Disputes Tribunal – II for Telangana, AP and Telangana had reached agreement for year 2015-16

6-point Formula

  1. AP and TS could use 512 TMC and 299 TMC respectively in 811 TMC of assured waters in Krishna. The ratio would be the same in case of excess or deficit waters over assured waters. Each state could draw their quota of water from anywhere. The water could be used for anywhere within the state.
  2. States should ensure that the other state is not affected while drawing wate
  3. While generating power at Srisailam project, the officials should keep the interests of SRBC, Nagarjuna Sagar Project (NSP) and Krishna Delta water needs in mind. Both the states have agreed to release water for Telugu Ganga.
  4. The ad hoc committee to supervise   release of water for Rajoli Banda and K-C canal on Tungabhadra river. This is to ensure that AP will not draw excess water. The same committee to also oversee the release of water from Jurala.
  5. The sharing of waters of 512 TMC and 299 TMC was for this year alone and this was in accordance of Bachawat Tribunal. As the cases for re-allotment of waters were pending before Brijesh Kumar Tribunal and in Supreme Court, the agreement reached today was only for this year.
  6. The ad hoc committee to examine indent for water, actual availability in river and the usage of both the states.

Good things is both states have abided by this agreement though due to severe deficit, it had hit Telangana more badly as its Drinking Water Needs are huge and had to be met from its share only, which is against the principle of first priority and right for Drinking Water, thank fully Karnataka state has been kind enough to make emergency release of 1 TMC in Summer for Telangana Drinking water needs.

As far as 2016-2017 is concerned, with Polavaram Right Canal LIFT achieving diversion of 80 TMC water, Upper Riparian states rights go up,  as per the KWDT Karnataka and Maharashtra Rights have gone up by 35 TMC hence, amount of water reaching Telangana in Krishna River is less by 35 TMC while AP already has 80 TMC due to its diversion.

KRMB has to at minimum compensate Telangana by Raising its entitlement by 35 TMC and allocate remaining 10 TMC to Rayalaseema Region of AP

For the Year 2016-17  the 6 point formula to be applied should read as :

  1.  AP and TS could use 522 TMC and 334 TMC respectively in 856 TMC of assured waters in Krishna. The ratio  would be the same in case of excess or deficit waters over assured waters. Each state could draw their quota of water from anywhere. The water could be used for anywhere within the state. 10 TMC Water should be additionally utilized for Rayalaseema alone
  2. States should ensure that the other state is not affected while drawing wate
  3. While generating power at Srisailam project, the officials should keep the interests of SRBC, Nagarjuna Sagar Project (NSP) and Krishna Delta water needs in mind. Both the states have agreed to release water for Telugu Ganga.
  4. The ad hoc committee to supervise   release of water for Rajoli Banda and K-C canal on Tungabhadra river. This is to ensure that AP will not draw excess water. The same committee to also oversee the release of water from Jurala.
  5. The sharing of waters of 522 TMC and 334 TMC was for this year alone and this was in accordance of Bachawat Tribunal. As the cases for re-allotment of waters were pending before Brijesh Kumar Tribunal and in Supreme Court, the agreement reached today was only for this year.
  6. The ad hoc committee to examine indent for water, actual availability in river and the usage of both the states.

Andhra Pradesh has itself demonstrated not only any act can prevent any State to do what it deems is good for the state for water utilization in terms of executing Irrigation Projects with its own resources and there is neither legality or illegality involved with its Mission Critical completion of adding Lifts to Polavaram Right Canal @ Pattiseema with its own money even though neither CWC nor the Act has any such provision, in addition it has gone ahead and diverted the water without any intimation leave alone approval to the central government of Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal and or Godavri River Management Board constituted as per the AP Re-organization Act 2014.

This should set to rest any doubts in one’s mind, Telangana is well within its rights to decide its priorities on water utilization to construct projects and tap water, so long as its total utilization is within its gross allocation by Tribunal or mutually agreed.

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