Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao says 50% will use Krishna water. Hyderabad News – Times of India

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said in a fresh statement on Saturday, Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) has no right to ask Telangana To stop hydel power generation, even the state government demanded that the board cancel the July 9 meeting Andhra Pradesh and on the ongoing conflict over Telangana irrigation projects and sharing Water in between them telugu states.
Urging the KRMB to hold the meeting after July 20, Telangana asked the board to include controversial issues like ‘illegal’ projects built by AP in the agenda of the meeting. The Chief Minister, who on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting with Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and Special Chief Secretary (Water Resources) Rajat Kumar, resolved to continue hydropower generation in Srisailam, Jurala, Nagarjuna Sagar and Pulichintala projects.
Reminding KRMB that there was no agreement between the two states on hydel power generation, KCR said: “From this year, Telangana will use 50 per cent. Krishna Jal
(405.5 tmcft). Out of total 811 tmcft water in Krishna, Telangana gets 299 tmcft and AP gets 512 tmcft. The meeting rejected the current 66:34 water sharing formula between AP and Telangana respectively.
The CM said that the state needs hydropower to lift water from various irrigation projects and drinking water schemes like Mission Bhagiratha and to meet the drinking water needs of Hyderabad. The meeting also reminded of the Centre’s circular to generate 51 per cent clean energy as thermal power is causing energy pollution. “It is ridiculous that AP is complaining to KRMB on hydropower generation. The neighboring state is building Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Project (RLIP) in the name of conducting the survey.
The CM said that the government will not compromise on the rights of the people and farmers of Telangana and will go to any extent to fight the KRMB, tribunals and even the Centre.
Emphasizing that both RLIP and Pothireddypadu project on Krishna river are illegal, the meeting was told that Telangana will not recognize them as they were taken up without allotment of a single drop and without environment clearance. “Despite a stay National Green Tribunal (NGT), the work is done. These issues will be taken up in the upcoming KRMB meeting,” the officials said.
Rejecting the AP’s campaign that Telangana’s hydropower generation in Pulichintala is causing water to be wasted in the sea, the meeting urged the AP to meet the needs of Krishna Basin districts and reduce the cost of lifting Godavari water through the Pattiseema project. It is advised to use water from Prakasam barrage to do so.
The meeting also resolved to fill up the ponds and lakes under the Jurala Left and Right canals. The recently completed Samakka Barrage and Sitamma Sagar projects will henceforth be called Irrigation and Hydroelectric Projects.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister said that security deployment should continue at Srisailam and other projects and directed officials not to allow visitors except ID cards of TSGenco employees at project sites.


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