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Farmers hit as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh wage water war

After a tussle over canal water with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh has stopped releasing water from Gandhi Sagar dam and said that they made the move as Rajasthan has been releasing less canal water to MP.

jaipur Updated: Nov 02, 2017 20:32 IST
Aabshar H Quazi
Aabshar H Quazi
Hindustan Times
Madhya Pradesh,Rajasthan,Chambal
Chambal canal water irrigates Bhind, Murena, Gwalior and Shyopur districts in MP and Kota and Baran districts in Rajasthan.(HT File Photo)

After a tussle over canal water with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh has stopped releasing water from Gandhi Sagar (GS) dam and said that they made the move as Rajasthan has been releasing less canal water to MP.

Chief engineer of command area development (CAD), Rajasthan, Chauthmal Chaudhary reached Kota and met the district collector, who is holding additional charge as Kota’s CAD commissioner after Madhya Pradesh stopped releasing water.

Chief engineer, water resource department, Gwalior (MP), NP Kori said that after releasing water from Gandhi Sagar Dam in the first week of October, MP has been demanding that Rajasthan release around 3900 cubic feet per seconds (cusecs) from its RPS Dam. However, Rajasthan is releasing only 2300 cusecs of canal water, he added.

“Farmers in MP need water for Rabi crops but Rajasthan is not releasing sufficient water, so MP has stopped releasing water from Gandhi Sagar Dam from October 28,” said Kori.

Chambal canal water irrigates Bhind, Murena, Gwalior and Shyopur districts in MP and Kota and Baran districts in Rajasthan.

Talking about releasing less canal water for MP, Jitendra Luharia, superintendent engineer, right main canal, water resource department, Kota, said that at present demand for irrigation water is at its highest in Kota as the Rabi crop season is on, so more canal water is being provided to Rajasthan than MP but Rajasthan will increase discharge of canal water to MP in a couple of days.

He said that around 6200 cusecs of canal water are being released from the Kota Barrage, out of which, after seepage loss, around 3500 cusecs of water is being supplied to Rajasthan while around 2500 cusecs are being provided to MP.

Talking about the issue, secretary of Rajasthan MP Inter State Control Board of irrigation department, Hemant Kumar Jain said, “MP has stopped releasing water from last four days. The board is making efforts to solve the standoff between both the states.”

Giving insight into the distribution system of water from Chambal between MP and Rajasthan, Jain said that Chambal river water is equally shared by both the states according to an inter-state water sharing agreement.

First Published: Nov 02, 2017 20:32 IST