Telangana has expressed its anguish over the negligent attitude of Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) in curtailing the "water theft" at the Pothireddypadu Head Regulator by Andhra Pradesh.
The Telangana government stated this at the KRMB meeting in Jalasoudha on Friday. The issue of utilisation of excess water by AP in violation of existing Bachawat Tribunal Award was brought to the notice of KRMB. The meeting closed with arguments and counter-arguments but with no concrete result.
KRMB was established by the Centre under the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act to oversee river water sharing by AP and Telangana, post bifurcation. As per the water award, water from Srisailam has to be released to Nagarjuna Sagar, while Pothireddypadu is entitled to only surplus water.
Telangana Irrigation Minister K Harish Rao along with Advisor to state government Vidyasagar Rao, Special Chief Secretary SK Joshi, Engineer-in-chief J Vijaya Prakash, Officer on special duty D Sridhar Rao and chief engineer of Nagarjuna Sagar Project S Suneel complained to the KRMB Chairman Ram Sharma and Secretary Sameer Chatterjee as to how AP is diverting over 50,000 cusecs of water from Pothireddypadu Head Regulator.
KRMB had installed telemetric devices at Nagarjuna Sagar, Srisailam, Jurala and Pothireddypadu after it received complaints from Telangana government about the alleged water theft. But though the telemetric devices were working properly, the mechatronics representatives are recording false data. Pothireddypadu has an inflow of 12000 cusecs and telemetric device is showing the same but the representatives recorded it to be 10000 cusecs.
The Telangana government showed proofs on how mechatronics representatives have written false records and demanded a criminal action against the mechatronics agency and to blacklist the company but KRMB didn’t take any action against the agency.
KRMB had called the Friday meeting with representatives of both AP and Telangana to discuss and take a decision on the diversion of water but could not do so. So KRMB decided to hold another meeting on October 4 or 5 to discuss with ENCs of both states over the distribution of water for the current year.