Bajaj panel insists no change in water ratio

  • To meet AP officials on Krishna Water Board dispute 

Hyderabad: AK Bajaj, who heads a Central experts committee on Krishna Water Board dispute, said on Monday ‘there is no truth in what Telangana argues about change in ratio of waters allotted to Telugu States.’

The committee is expected to find an amicable solution by holding similar discussions with Andhra Pradesh Irrigation officials at Vijayawada on Tuesday.

Talking to reporters after holding discussions with Telangana irrigation officials, Bajaj said the Krishna Board verdict will remain the same and changes may take place only next Tribunal takes up the job. It may be noted here that the committee arrived in Telangana as the government sought Central intervention. The Bajaj Committee is to settle dispute on water allocations and distribution and issues related to disputes among the two States which are still at loggerheads.

Bajaj sought to dispel doubts of Telangana Government that efforts made to change the proportion of 512 TMC and 299 TMC waters allotted to the two Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. At Jala Saudha meeting, State Irrigation Advisor R Vidyasagar Rao, Principal Secretary SK Joshi, Engineer in Chief, Muralidhar were present. Bajaj said that there is no chance of such changes as the committee’s decision was final and it will only change after a verdict from new tribunal.

Earlier, Vidyasagar Rao through a power point presentation stated that though 512 TMC and 299 TMC allotted to the states, Krishna Board tried to change this ratio against norms. Stating that injustice being meted out to Telangana even after statehood, he said that the committee make sure that operational protocol is maintained for justice and also demanded 450 tmc waters out of 811 TMC allotted as per population and other means.

Through Polavaram project 45 tmc allotted to AP out of 80 tmc of Godavari waters, he said and urged the committee to give its share of Godavari waters as AP diverted 53 TMC to Krishna from Pattiseema. Rao also objected to inclusion of KRMB Jurala into joint projects list and asked to include Pulichintala Sunkesula projects into it. Seeking modalities to protect the interests of both the States, he also said that Telangana suffered a loss of 174 tmc through upper Krishna, Bheema and Tungabhadra of Krishna basin. Rao also explained about the projects before 1956, later on allocations and disputes, statehood, related problems, Polavaram and Pattiseema. Krishna Board had in recent times tried to do a favour to Andhra Pradesh government in recent past by changing the ratio, he charged. –NSS

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