KRMB meeting haul as Telangana officials walks out

This was the 14th meeting of the KRMB and the meeting was five hours long. It saw representatives of both states raising their arguments and issues.

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New Delhi: Telangana state officials on Wednesday proceeded to walk out of the KRMB(Krishna River Management Board) meeting after their demand to generate power at the Srisailam Hyde plant was deferred by Board. The KRMB board was formed after the center notified the Board formation last month to solve the dispute for Krishna River water use between the two Telugu states. 

This was the 14th meeting of the KRMB and the meeting was five hours long. It saw representatives of both states raising their arguments and issues. Telangana justified its reasons behind its dedication to generating hydel power for agriculture and drinking water purposes. The state’s representatives also contended that the Srisailam project was built for power generation only and not for irrigation purposes.

In response to Telangana officials’ statement, Andhra officials reverted that the People of Andhra will suffer if power is generated in the absence of drinking and irrigation requirements in downstream areas. This can lead to a shortage of water. KRMB chairman MP Singh ordered that power generation cannot happen at the Srisailam project when there are water requirements in the Sagar and Krishna delta areas. They will be allowed to proceed.

The judgement lead to heated arguments by Telangana officials and further walking out of the meeting. Ever since the division of the states, water conflict has reached another level leading to Union government interventions for fixing the status of the rivers by forming Krishna and Godavari’s Boards through a gazette notification.

Telangana government is up against the gazette which is set to come into force from October 14, 2021, alleging the gazette introduced is against the interests of the state. The gazette has brought as many as 107 irrigation projects in Telangana and Andhra on both the Godavari and Krishna rivers under the jurisdiction of the KRMB and GRMB.

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