Shiv Sena objects to Maharashtra releasing water into Krishna
By The Hindu 12-May-2019
Shambhuraj Desai, party secretary, and MLA for Pathani Satara district, has urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis not to release water as it would affect the irrigation prospects of Maharashtra, its power production, and drinking water supply.
Koyna dam has 34 tmcft of water now, compared to 40 tmcft in the same period last year. Maharashtra needs 17 tmcft of water for power production alone. The State’s villages in the downstream need a large amount of water and farmers need water for irrigation, contended the MLA. “Releasing any water to Karnataka would jeopardise these plans,” the MLA said in the letter.
Meanwhile, Karnataka has written three letters to Maharashtra. Of them, two were to request water release and the third to accept the ‘water for water’ agreement proposed by the Maharashtra government. Irrigation Department officials of the two States have held two meetings so far. But no meeting has been held after the suggestion of a ‘water for water’ agreement, sources said.
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