Is the Congress govt compromising Telangana’s share in Krishna water?

Recent developments surrounding the utilization of Krishna river waters have sparked a heated debate, with accusations of unauthorized water diversion to Andhra Pradesh. Allegations have surfaced that Andhra Pradesh has been diverting Krishna river water without proper authorization while the Congress government in Telangana remains a spectator.

A particular source of contention is the tail pond project near the Nagarjuna Sagar dam, designed to facilitate the storage of water used for power generation. Located in Chityala village of Adavidevulapally mandal in Nalgonda district, this project has historically pumped water back into the Nagarjuna Sagar reservoir through reverse turbines, without prior instances of downstream water release.

However, recent events have seen Andhra Pradesh allegedly siphoning off a significant portion of water stored in the tail pond, amounting to four TMC (Thousand Million Cubic Feet), without the requisite permissions from the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB). 

In response to mounting pressure and criticism, the Telangana government has sought recourse through official channels, lodging complaints with the KRMB regarding what it perceives as water theft by Andhra Pradesh. 

A recent meeting of a three-member committee convened to address the issue of water release from joint projects underscored the complexities surrounding Krishna river management. Despite attempts to allocate water resources equitably between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, discrepancies have arisen, with Andhra Pradesh allegedly exceeding its allotted share and flouting committee decisions.