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Krishna River Management Board to take over projects from October 14 | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: Despite Telangana’s requests to postpone implementation of gazette notification on irrigation projects to be taken over by both the Krishna River Management Board and Godavari River Management Board (GRMB), the Centre is going ahead with its original plan for the two boards to take control from October 14, but in a phased manner.
The KRMB meeting on Tuesday resolved to first take over all direct outlets under Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar projects from October 14. On Monday, the GRMB decided to take over Peddavagu in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, which is a common project under its control.
“The implementation of gazette notification of July 15 on jurisdiction of KRMB was discussed in the 15th special meeting of the board on Tuesday. All direct outlets (components) from the main reservoirs of Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar projects, which are listed under scheduled II of the notification, may be prioritised by respective state governments for hand over to KRMB by October 14,” KRMB chairman MP Singh said in a statement.
Tuesday’s board meeting was attended by Telangana special chief secretary Rajat Kumar and AP irrigation secretary J Shyamal Rao along with respective engineer-in-chiefs of irrigation departments.
“The Board should have postponed implementation of gazette notification till final allocations of Krishna water as the Centre had committed to refer Telangana’s request for this to a tribunal. But it has decided to go ahead,” Rajat Kumar told TOI.
He said the state government has been asking for 575 tmcft of water in Krishna. “While the state was getting 299 tmcft of total 811 tmcft temporarily for in-basin projects, we need at least another 104 tmcft, which comes to about 50% of total Krishna water,” the special chief secretary said.
“Most of the concerns raised by Telangana were agreed to by the KRMB. Both Nagarjuna Sagar and Srisailam are common projects on Krishna, and Peddavagu is a common project on Godavari,” Rajat Kumar stated.
Of the 65 projects listed in the notification, 30 control points including 18 under Nagarjuna Sagar and 12 under Srisailam have been asked by the board.
“Both Telangana and AP will decide by GO which assets need to be handed over to the board. Cost of maintenance will be borne by respective governments. Manpower and security would be from Telangana on its projects till final decision,” Rajat Kumar said.
Official sources said AP has asked the board to take over power houses on both the projects along with other outlets due to the controversy over power generation by Telangana from Srisailam. But Telangana has opposed the proposal.
“Hydel power generation by Telangana is completely legal. We are asking Pothireddypadu and HNSS to be taken over, which was accepted,” the irrigation chief said.

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