Telangana raises alarm over Karnataka’s new dam


Telangana has raised alarm over the construction of a reservoir across Krishna by Karnataka government near Girijapur, Raichur district.

A fact finding committee appointed by irrigation minister T Harish Rao found enough evidence of the activity related to the construction of a reservoir above the confluence of Krishna and Bhima rivers with an impounding capacity of 2 TMC.
The project will affect the flows into Jurala dam in Mahabubnagar district. According to the fact-finding committee the dam will be of 1170 M length and is being taken up by Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd.

Expressing concern over the Karnataka’s attempt to build a dam, Harish instructed senior officials in the irrigation department to find out from the centre if the project had permission from the central water commission. Harish Rao expressed displeasure that the Karnataka had not fulfilled the requirement of informing the down-stream states about the project.

He said the project also would affect the regenerated flow of water from Nayaranpur as well.
He also held discussions with Mahabubnagar MP Jitender Reddy on the project.
The reaction of Andhra Pradesh government is not known.

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