Harish, Patil sign Tungabdhara deal

Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao today said that Telangana is ready to share its water from Tungabhadra to Karnataka for its needs. During a meeting at Jala Saudha here, Harish Rao signed a deal with his Karnataka counterpart Patil for sharing the waters from Tungabhadra in which Telangana has 3.5 TMC share. In return the Karnataka irrigation Minister, promised through a memorandum stating to release 2 tmc waters from Narayanapur to Jurala when the Telangana State demands. Patil also said that they released 1 tmc from narayanapur to Palamur for drinking water use last year.

Along with the officials Harish and Patil held discussions on the use of RDS waters and from the rivers in the two states. The officials estimated on the use of irrigation waters from the sources available on the occasion. They discussed about irrigation of 7000 acres in Alampur Assembly segment. Harish Rao later said that he will take up the issue with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and will take a decision on the quantity of the waters to be released to Karnataka. Harish sought the help of Karnataka to modernize RDS in six months to make optimal use of irrigation waters. Against the use of waters for 87000 acres in Gadwal segment under RDS only less than 20000 acres being irrigated he said and urged for a common meeting with AP, Karnagataka and Patil agreed to this. When Patil suggested the need for AP cooperation Harish said that he spoke to his counterpart Devineni Maheswar Rao and sent a joint indent to Tungabhadra Board. Harish also promised to talk to Devineni for tri-party meeting on the issue.