Hyderabad: The Krishna River Management Board will meet here on November 3 to decide on the water allocations between Telangana state and Andhra Pradesh. Both state governments have already put up their indents, which will be subject to revision before the meeting.
While AP has sought 270 tmc ft of water, TS has so far sought 147 tmc ft. The total availability of utilisable water in the Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar dams is pegged at about 300 tmc ft on Saturday.
The storage is calculated as the water available between the 510 ft minimum draw down level (MDDL) and 575 ft, where the water stands, in Nagarjunasagar and between 834 ft MDDL and 884 ft in Srisailam.
There is an agreement between the two states on utilisation of Krishna waters in the ratio of 512 tmc ft for AP and 299 tmc ft for TS from the normal dependable share of total 811 tmc ft in a water year, including usage under minor irrigation and in sub-basins like Tungabhadra and Musi.
Necessary deductions based on the usage under the Jurala project by TS and Tungabhadra canals by AP will be considered before fixing the quotas for the two states.
The board is firm on sparing some storage at both dams to meet the drinking water requirements of the two states till the onset of the monsoon next year.
The Telangana state government is drawing up an indent to fix a quota for Mission Bhagiratha based on these two dams.
The meeting is expected to be a stormy affair as the Telangana state government is expected to raise the issue of diversion of Krishna waters to the Penna Basin (through the Pothireddypadu regulator at Srisailam) and share for Telangana state in Godavari waters that are diverted to Krishna basin.
The Andhra Pradesh government is insisting that the 98 tmc ft of Krishna waters which Telangana state is using for minor irrigation to be deducted from its quota....