Already facing an alarming water crisis, the Telangana government's hopes to get more allocation of water from river Krishna was dashed yesterday when the Centre had refused in reviewing the existing allocation to the Telugu states.
The Union government, submitted an affidavit to the Supreme Court, where it had said that the review of water allocations will be now limited to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana only, even as Maharashtra and Karnataka would be excluded it. Telangana carved from Andhra Pradesh on June 2, 2014, wanted to be considered as a separate entity separate from the parent state.
This pertains to the distribution of Krishna water among all the stake holder states seeking a fresh determination of its allocations and share in Krishna water. This stand taken by the Centre will severely affect the ongoing and also proposed irrigation projects in Telangana such as Koilsagar and Palamuru-Rangareddy projects, proposed Jurala-Pakala and Nakkalagandi Lift Irrigation Scheme.
The Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal (KWDT-II) had earlier allocated 299 TMC feet of water to the region of Telangana and 512 TMC feet to the region of Andhra Pradesh. The latest decision has upset India's youngest state which had been demanding more water for the proposed mega irrigation projects.