Hyderabad, February 1

A fresh row over water is likely to crop up between the two Telugu states. This time, the alleged drawing of water by Andhra Pradesh exceeding the Minimum Draw Down Level (MDDL) at Pulichintala is being objected to by Telangana State, which contends that AP should maintain MDDL at Pulichintala so that the standing crops under lift irrigation schemes in Telangana can be saved.

Telangana Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao dashed off a letter to his AP counterpart Devineni Umamaheswara Rao on the issue. Minimum Draw Down Level (MDDL) is the level below which water should not be drawn to use it for other purposes.

Harish Rao requested in his letter that water levels should be maintained till crust level in the reservoir to supply irrigation water to ayacut farmers under eight lift irrigation schemes limits. Otherwise, he lamented that cotton and chilli crops in about 16,000 acres would go dry.

Pulichintala

But the AP officials did not inform the Krishna Water Board about this letter, subsequently the Board also wrote a letter to AP government. There was no response from AP government.

Meanwhile, ayacut farmers staged a dharna at Pulichintala project. Minister Harish immediately responded and directed Chief Engineer Sunil to talk with Pulichintala CEO and AP government.

He also reportedly suggested officials to complain to the Board against the AP government for not implementing its directions.

Three lifts were arranged at Pulichintala reservoir foreshore, through which water would be supplied to 1,339 acres under Chintriyala of Mellacheruvu mandal. There should be minimum 3.6 TMCs of water in the reservoir to supply water to fields. But the AP officials are drawing water to the lowest minimum causing concern among Telangana farmers.

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