AP: Stop Telangana power generation in Srisailam: AP Govt letter to Krishna Board
The Andhra Pradesh government has asked the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) to immediately suspend power generation by Telangana Genco from the Srisailam reservoir. To this end, the State Water Resources Department Engineer-in-Chief C. Narayana Reddy wrote a letter to the KRMB member secretary on Thursday.
Narayana Reddy said in the letter that Telangana Genco has been unilaterally using water from Srisailam Left Hydro Electric Station for power generation since the 1st of this month, though KRMB has not issued water release orders.
The minimum drawing level is 834 feet. From less than 808.40 feet, Telangana Genco has been using water for power generation since the 1st of this month.
So far 8.89 TMCs have flowed into Srisailam reservoir. Out of which 3 TMCs i.e. 34 per cent water has been used by Telangana Genco for power generation. Narayana Reddy said in the letter that the water level in the reservoir was drying up due to the use of water by Telangana Genco even though there was no need for water and it would take a long time for the water level in the reservoir to rise.
He expressed concern that this would lead to severe delays in the supply of drinking water to Chennai, SRBC, Casey Canal and GNSS. He said seven thousand cusecs could be drawn if the reservoir was at least 854 feet.
Contrary to KRMB orders ..
Narayana Reddy alleged that Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar had to use water for irrigation and electricity purposes as per the directions of the Krishna River Management Board except during floods, but on the contrary, Telangana Genco was using water from Srisailam reservoir for power generation.
Krishna demanded immediate cessation of power generation by Telangana Genco from Srisailam Reservoir unilaterally contrary to Operation Protocol without at least giving information without instructions from River Management.