Amravati: AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday responded positively to his Tamil Nadu counterpart O Pannerselvam’s plea to release more water to meet the driking water needs of Chennai. However, Naidu maintained that AP also required water for its standing crops and suggested Panneerselvam to consult the governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka to meet the driking water needs of Chennai city. Panneerselvam had discussions on the issue with Naidu at the Secretariat at Velagapudi here.
The TN Chief Minister said Chennai city had a storage capacity of 11.5 TMC water but right now it had only 1.5 TMC of water available in all the reservoirs. He said before the onset of summer, Chennai would face acute water crisis and requested Naidu to release their due share of 5 TMC of water, according to the Krishna River Management Board’s guidelines.
Reacting to that, Naidu said AP had already released 1 TMC of water to Chennai city through Telugu Ganga project. The bifurcated State could not give the entire water as sought by TN and pointed out that earlier that was the mandate for united AP.
He suggested that Panneerselvam consult the Telangana government for the remaining share, as per the AP Reorganization Act.
He also suggested taht he consult Maharastra and Karnataka governments too, for the remaining share.
Naidu also informed Panneerselvam that TN was yet to release Rs. 443 crore to the AP under the KRMB guidelines for Telugu Ganga project. Panneerselvam said TN would release a part of the sum soon.
It was also decided that officials of both States would meet in Tirupati to have further discussions to settle the drinking water supply issue shortly, said AP government advisor C Kutumba Rao.
Naidu also raised concerns that the TN government’s policies were creating problems for Telugus living there. He maintained that the TN should allow Telugu speaking students to take Telugu as a subject in TN too.