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Water war between AP and Telangana: AP CM Jagan writes to PM Modi for intervention

Accusing Telangana of illegally drawing water from common reservoirs for power generation, Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has urged PM Narendra Modi's intervention.

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Bengaluru, First Published Jul 2, 2021, 6:42 PM IST
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Charging neighbouring Telangana state of illegally drawing water from common reservoirs, Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has written a letter seeking attention and intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to save Rayalaseema, Nellore, and Prakasam districts as well as Chennai from facing drinking water shortage.

CM Jagan in a letter has mentioned that Telangana state is siphoning off water for its power generation and has clearly violated directions given by the Krishna River Management Board on water sharing from common reservoirs and hence has appealed to the Centre to take over the reservoirs and deploy CISF personnel.

"Your kind intervention is sought in this regard and I further request that direction be given to the state of Telangana to stop illegal drawal (siphoning) of water for power generation without water release orders from Krishna River Management Board (KRMB)," Jagan wrote.

Jagan's contention is that Telangana continues to draw water from reservoirs of Srisailam, Nagarjuna Sagar and Pulichintala reservoirs. The water supply for drinking as well as agriculture and allied activities will take a hit in Rayalaseema, Nellore, and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh as also neighbouring Chennai city's drinking water demands as the same channel supplies water to these places.

The letter was written in the backdrop of Telangana state's order to its power department to produce hydropower at 100% installed capacity. The order also stated that to make the hydropower plant fully functional, Telangana will use 4 TMC, 3 TMC, and 1.8 TMC water per day from Srisailam, Nagarjuna, and Pulichintala, respectively.

"Inspite of instructions from KRMB not to draw water for power generation, the state of Telangana is unilaterally drawing water for power generation violating the standard operating protocol and agreements," Reddy was quoted as saying.

As per reports,  KRMB was established in 2014 under AP Reorganisation Act, section 85, and also is authorized to look after the administration and periodical maintenance, and operation of water projects of Srisailam, Nagarjuna Sagar, and Pulichintala reservoirs.

"I also request that necessary immediate action be taken by the government of India, to notify the jurisdiction of KRMB and take over all offtakes of common reservoirs with CISF protection and safeguard the interests of the state of AP," Jagan stressed through the letter.

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