The State government urged the Central Water Commission (CWC) to direct the concerned to begin the survey with or without the involvement of AP under the Polavaram Project Authority (PPA) within the time frame set by the Supreme Court, stating that the Andhra Pradesh government was delaying the joint survey on the backwater effect of the Polavaram project in Telangana.
Telangana Engineering-in-Chief C Muralidhar wrote a letter to the CWC chairman on Monday, requesting that he intervene in the matter and begin the backwater survey immediately.
Despite the fact that two weeks had passed since the data was furnished by AP, there had been no response from that State or from PPA, he said, adding that Monsoon would hit the State within the next 25 days, therefore it was necessary that the survey be completed before its arrival.
He urged the PPA to immediately begin ground-truthing in order to take appropriate protection measures under Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal Authority provisions, stating that an area of 954.15 acres would be submerged under the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) condition of the Polavaram project.
He also stated that there was a need to address the issue of demarcation of areas affected by Kinnerasani and Mureddu Vagu River drainage congestion as per the CWC report as a result of National Green Tribunal orders. Muralidhar also urged the CWC to conduct ground-truthing of areas experiencing submergence due to FRL conditions in 7 major identified local streams in order to implement appropriate protection measures, and that a similar exercise be repeated for the remaining 30 local streams.
He brought to his attention the need to conduct an immediate joint survey of important levels in Bhadrachalam town, including 8 outfall sluices and the historic Srirama Temple, as well as near the (Manuguru) Heavy Water Plant.
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