Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said Telangana will oppose the Pothireddypadu project which is being illegally constructed by the Andhra Pradesh government on the Krishna river.

"The Telangana government has not recognized the illegal Pothireddypadu project built by Andhra Pradesh on the Krishna river even though there is no water allocations and environmental permissions," KCR said.

He said the government has decided not to allow the use of water for Pothireddypadu project and added that it will argue before the KRMB against the illegal projects taken up by the Andhra Pradesh government.

TS wants KRMB meeting cancelled

During a high-level review meeting held on Saturday, it was decided that the three-members committee meeting of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) scheduled for 9 July should be cancelled and instead a full-level board meeting be convened after 20 July. It was also decided to send Telangana's issues to be included in the KRMB agenda immediately.

It was also resolved that Telangana would not allow water for Pothireddypadu and officials were instructed to put forth their arguments opposing the illegal Rayalaseema lift irrigation scheme.

State wants 50% of Krishna waters

The high-level meeting rejected the ongoing temporary allocation of Krishna waters in the ratio of 66:34 between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Instead, the government has decided to demand 50:50 water allocation from this year and accordingly, seek allocation of half of 811 TMC of Krishna waters until the Krishna Water Tribunal makes the final allocations.

TS to continue hydel power generation

It was also decided that the government will continue hydel power generation at full capacity as long as water is available from the Jurala, Srisailam, Nagarjuna Sagar, and Pulichintala projects. In the absence of terms of agreement between the two states on hydel power generation, the government felt that the KRMB has no authority to stop hydel power generation.

It has also refuted the Andhra Pradesh government's misinformation campaign that Telangana was wasting Krishna water by releasing water into the sea for generating electricity at Pulichintala.


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