Tension between AP & T officials at Nagarjuna sagar

HYDERABAD: Tension prevailed between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana officials at the Nagarjuna sagar dam site on Friday over the simmering issue of release of Krishna water to AP.

Andhra Pradesh engineers reached the site in the morning and asked their Telangana counterparts to release water from the Nagarjuna sagar Right Canal to save standing crop in the Krishna delta. However, Telangana officials refused to oblige saying they had received no instructions from their Government to release water.

At one stage, there was a stand- off between police personnel of the two States but the situation was not allowed to escalate. AP officials are demanding release of 15 tmcft of water to save standing crop in the Krishna ayacut in Guntur and Prakasam districts but Telangana’s stand is that it has already used more than its quota. Crops in six lakh acres in these two districts are at a critical stage.

AP irrigation minister Devineni Uma Maheshwara Rao was quoted as saying that the right canal and the power house of Nagarjuna sagar belong to AP and Telangana has no right to stop water to the right canal. Telangana was holding the keys and not returning them to AP, he said and added that the AP Government would not hesitate to use force to get back the keys if the situation warranted.

Andhra Pradesh has utilized about 137 tmcft from the right canal against its allocation of 132 tmcft. But, AP was entitled to use 32.25 tmcft of water from the left canal and is, therefore, seeking an additional 15 tmcft to protect the standing crops.

On its part, the Telangana Government says it is ready to share 6 to 10 tmcft of water provided AP asked for it in writing and spelt out how much water it had utilized in the past. Minister for Irrigation T. Harish Rao said the TRS government had not stopped release of water from the right canal.

Meanwhile, the AP Governments is actively contemplating a proposal to take the issue to the notice of the Centre.

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