AP CM appeals to Krishna River Board to protect interests of farmers in Telugu States

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Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu appealed to Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) chairmanA�HK Haldar to protect the interests of farmers of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He said that both the Telugu States were facing shortage of drinking and irrigation water even when the Krishna River is full.

The Chief Minister interacted with Haldar at Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada on Friday, when the KRMB team was inspecting the barrage. Chandrababu appealed to Haldar for judicious release of water to both the Telugu States as they are facing problem from the States in upstream of Krishna when the water levels are low.

A�He also explained to the team about the real time water management system being implemented in Andhra Pradesh.

On receiving information about the KRMB team inspection, the Chief Minister on his way to Srikakulam to attend Janma Bhoomi programme stopped his convoy on Prakasam Barrage and interacted Haldar and member secretary Sameer Chatterjee.

Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao who accompanied the KRMB team said that the team inspected Pulichintala.

The CM said he asked the team members to protect the standing crops with equal distribution of water and explained about the water needs of the State. He said that both the Telugu States are facing problem from the upper stream States including Maharashtra and Karnataka due to non-release of water at the time of crisis.

Haldar said that the team members, including member secretary Sameer Chatterjee, inspected the structures of Krishna River. He said that they are studying the real time distribution system of Krishna water.

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