Hyderabad: Refuting the allegations of AP irrigation minister Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao that the Palamuru-Ranga Reddy and Dindi projects were illegal, TS irrigation adviser R. Vidyasagar Rao said on Sunday that ti was for the Central Water Commission and the Krishna River Management Board to decide on water allocation to these projects. Calling them illegal was unjustified, Mr Vidya-sagar Rao said.
Mr Vidyasagar Rao told newsmen that that the projects could be constructed based on surplus water, which both Telangana and AP have been resorting it to.
He said the AP minister should not call the two projects taken up by the TS government illegal and reminded him that persons sitting in glass houses should not throw stones at others.
He asked the AP minister with whose permission the AP government had built the Pattiseema lift scheme. “Several projects like Veligonda, Telugu Ganga, Handri-Neva, Galeru-Nagari are under construction based on surplus waters of the Krishna,” he said.
“Similarly the Telan-gana state government took up construction of the Palamuru-Ranga Reddy and Dindi projects since they were cleared and approved by the previous United AP government,” he said.
He said the availability of 330 TMC ft of Krishna waters over and above the allocations made to united AP was arrived at by engineers and there was nothing wrong if based on these figures projects are constructed by both the States.
He said as per the AP Reorganisation Act, the Krishna river board has been entrusted the task of approving schemes and allocating water. “When that is so how can AP call the projects as illegal,” Mr Vidyasagar Rao said....