No separate allocation of Krishna water, Telangana should share with AP: Tribunal

No separate allocation of Krishna water, Telangana should share with AP: Tribunal

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-10-19 12:39 New Delhi: The Telangana State's appeal to reallocate the Krishna water in the Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal has been rejected by the Tribunal. It had approached the Tribunal and Apex Court to reallocate the water reasoning that it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014 and it was one of the beneficiaries of the water. It had also sought the court to restart the whole legal process of water sharing with regard to Krishna river. The Telangana state had filed a petition in the Supreme Court and Cauvery Water Tribunal. But Karnataka and Maharashtra states had opposed it. Justice Brijesh Kumar who heard the matter directed that Telangana should share the water already allocated to Andhra Pradesh. Reallocation of water would be possible between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, alone. In 2010, the Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal had allocated 666 tmc of water to Maharahstra, 907 tmc to Karnataka and 1005 tmc to Andhra Pradesh. Water Resources Minister MB Patil has welcomed the the Krishna Water Dispute tribunal’s decision to reject the Telangana state government’s plea seeking reallocation of Krishna river water afresh between four riparian states. Speaking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, the minister said the tribunal’s verdict “has vindicated our stand on the issue”. Informing that the Karnataka state had made a strong plea against any steps to reallocate the Krishna water afresh, he said that “today’s decision will help us to go ahead with our plans to utilise our share of Krishna water as allocated by the tribunal earlier”. “Our counsels representing the state before the tribunal had argued that the reallocation of water should be confined to sharing of water between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana from the share allocated to the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh,” the minister said.