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KCR reiterates Srisailam project is for power and not for irrigation

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has reiterated that both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have rights on the Srisailam dam waters and that it was conceived to be a hydel power dam and not as an irrigation dam. He pointed out at the use of Srisailam waters being sent to Pothireddypadu head regulator. Telangana State Government is to be consulted before such decision is taken, he felt.

Pothireddypadu head regulator was built to take excess water from Srisailam dam and not the regular water flow that comes. This is because the Srisailam dam was built as a balancing reservoir for Nagarjunasagar. He said that the Telangana team will raise the concerns before the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) shortly. He said this while replying to questions by the media at the Telangana Bhawan on Friday.

It appears that both the State Governments are drawing water from Srisailam dam and to their respective projects without prior approval from the KRMB and are yet complaining against each other. Having received complaints from duo, KRMB Chairman S K Srivatsava issues a stop release order on Thursday. He directed that the earlier issued orders be adhered to. The next board meeting is expected to hear about the irregularities.

Meanwhile TN Genco said that because of power grid problems, it needs to use hydel power for some more days using the Srisailam waters at the Left Bank power house.