The Andhra Pradesh authorities’s proposed building of a brand new raise irrigation scheme on the continued Polavaram main irrigation project on the Godavari river has kicked up a fresh dispute with neighbouring Telangana.
The YS Jagan Mohan Reddy authorities got here up with the brand new scheme – Polavaram raise irrigation scheme – in April 2021 to raise the water from the useless storage degree of the Polavaram project into the correct predominant canal in the course of the non-monsoon season when the water degree within the reservoir is low.
The project goals to cater to the irrigation and ingesting water wants of the upland areas of Krishna and West Godavari districts. The scheme, estimated to value round ₹767 crore, is awaiting technical approval from the Central Water Commission.
On Monday, the Telangana authorities raised an objection with the Centre, stating that the project was unlawful and towards the spirit of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.
In a letter to the Godavari River Management Board (GRMB), constituted by the Union ministry of Jal Shakti, Telangana engineer-in-chief (irrigation) C Muralidhar mentioned as per the AP Reorganisation Act, the Andhra Pradesh authorities can’t take up any new irrigation schemes on the Godavari river.
“Andhra Pradesh has no right to draw water from dead storage of the Polavaram project and any drawl beyond the specified period, was a violation of terms and conditions of the ministry of Jal Shakti,” Muralidhar mentioned. Polavaram is a nationwide project being constructed for ₹57,000 crore.
He reminded that Andhra Pradesh had earlier raised a number of objections to the initiatives constructed by the Telangana authorities on the Godavari river, together with Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project, Sitarama Lift Irrigation Scheme, Tupakulagudem and many others, although they weren’t new and had been being constructed solely on the allotted water.
“As per the Godavari river water tribunal award, the allocation to Telangana in the Godavari was 967 tmc ft (thousand million cubic feet), whereas Andhra Pradesh’s share was around 500 tmc ft, but it is claiming 700 tmc ft,” Muralidhar advised HT.
Andhra Pradesh had argued on the GRMB meeting on September 1, 2021that the initiatives being constructed by Telangana on the Godavari river would have an effect on the irrigation wants within the Godavari delta system in the course of the monsoon months. “If the lift scheme is constructed to draw water from the dead storage level of Polavaram reservoir, does it not affect the Godavari delta?” Muralidhar requested.
Muralidhar additional mentioned the Polavaram project authority and the CWC had requested the Andhra Pradesh authorities to cease works on the raise scheme for now. “But the government is learnt to have started works on the project,” he mentioned, including that the GRMB ought to intervene and cease the works.
An official within the Andhra Pradesh irrigation division, on situation of anonymity, mentioned the Polavaram raise scheme would by no means have an effect on the pursuits of Telangana, as solely surplus waters of the river can be drawn by way of the raise and pumped into the correct canal throughout non-monsoon months of January to April.