A review meeting held with irrigation department on Wednesday, Telangana irrigation minister T. Harish Rao ordered the immediate closure of the right-side pen stock of the Nagarjunasagar Dam that supplies waters to the Right Branch Canal through a 90 MW powerhouse.
Following a step from KRMB secretary R.K. Gupta addressed to the AP engineering-in-chief, marking copies to the TS engineering-in-chief.
Mentioned in a letter: “Two states are to discuss realistic water requirements and arrive at a water sharing agreement out of the available water. They should also account for usage so far by each state.”
“This is the first time the Board has asked both governments to decide everything and refused to decide apportionment of waters among the two states. We have been asking AP officials for negotiations and to furnish their requirements, which they have been refusing. We also asked them about utilisation of water already released to them, but they are silent on this. According to us, they have used 370 TMC ft against their allocation of 322 TMC feet,” said TS irrigation adviser R. Vidyasagara Rao.
“We were instructed to stop further releases to the Right Branch Canal. The dam level reached 532.8 ft today. At this level, water cannot be released to the right-side powerhouse (pen stock). Due to excess water already drawn by AP, we have decided to close the gates,” said AP’s principal secretary for irrigation B. Adityanath Das.
Officials said they were not officially communicated about stoppage of supplies, they said that they will request TS to consider positive response towards AP to save standing crops.