AP challenges Krishna tribunal order in apex court

In a special leave petition, Andhra Pradesh claimed that if the tribunal judgment was implemented, it would lose rights over more than 130 tmc feet of surplus water.

In its order on December 30, 2010, the KWDT allowed Karnataka to build the Almatti dam up to its originally proposed height of 524.25 metres and allocated 911 tmc ft of water to Karnatak, as against 1,001 to Andhra Pradesh and 666 to Maharashtra.

Being a lower riparian state, the AP hitherto had the right over 320 tmc ft of surplus water, which the tribunal headed by Justices Brijesh Kumar had reduced to 190 tmc ft, while Karnataka and Maharashtra have been given 177 tmc ft and 81 tmc ft surplus water respectively, said AP in its petition.

The other major objection of Andhra Pradesh was to the permission given to Karnataka for raising the height of Almatti dam to 524.25 metre from 519 metre.

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