telangana water resources information center



Dr.Chakinala Srinivas

Nizam Sagar Project


 6350 TMC unused Godavari River water in 2013-14.

     The Godavari river and its tributaries together 6350 TMC water flows into bay of Bengal without any utilization in 2013-2014 rainfall year. In the previous year 2012-13 also 3080 TMC water wasted into the Sea.

    Godavari River origins from Western Ghats in Maharastra and flows770 KMs in Andhra Pradesh, out of these 600 KMs travels in Telangana state itself. The only one major irrigation project SriRamSagar (SRSP) (91 TMC) was constructed. There is very much potential to construct at least 10 barrages on Godavari River within the Telangana state.

Krishna River Water Disputes Tribunal Water Allotment :-
                                     Andhra Pradesh   Karnataka      Maharastra
75% Dependability             811 (TMC )      734 (TMC )     585 (TMC )
Brijesh kumar
65% Dependability            1005 (TMC )      911 (TMC )    666 (TMC )

        Telangana Water Resources Information Center (TWRIC) provides the information regarding Telangana Rivers, Irrigation Projects and other Water bodies. The Geographical facts may help you to analyze the backwardness of Telangana. The underdevelopment model appears in agriculture sector. Imbalance utilization of water leads the poverty in this region. Even today Telangana people are suffering for drinking water. The inevitable solution is only to utilize the Godavari and Krishna river water in this region.

SRSP Flood flow canal.

Water released on 


           Godavari River flows770 KMs in Andhra Pradesh, out of these 600 KMs travels in Telangana itself. The only one major irrigation project SriRamSagar (SRSP) (91 TMC) was constructed. There is very much potential to construct at least 10 barrages on Godavari River within the boundaries of Telangana.

The only one small project constructed on River Krishna is Jurala (11.9TMC) which irrigates Telangana area. Nagarjuna Sagar irrigates Andhra region with gravity canal, in Telangana with lift irrigation.

Telangana people are demanding to construct the Ichampally project, but the AP Government shows much interest to construct the Polavaram Project.

Dr.Chakinala Srinivas


                                                   Godavari River Basin:

Godavari River and its tributaries Manjeera, Kadam, Maneru, Pranahitha, Laknavaram, Kinnerasani.

                                                   Krishna River Basin:

Krishna River and its tributaries Dindi, Musi,palleru, Munneru, Vaira.

                                                  Godavari Basin Projects:

Singuru, Nizamsagar, SRSP

                                                  Krishna Basin Projects:

RDS,Jurala ,Nagarjuna Sagar

Use full information is available in this Website. For further micro level information and data please refer:

                                               TELANGANA JALAVANARULU

                                                Author: Dr.Chakinala Srinivas

                      SriRamSagar Project:

Full Reservoir Level is 1091 feets

Water storage capacity is 91 TMC

                      SRSP Canals:

Laxmi Canal provides irrigation to Nizamabad Dist.

Saraswathi Canal provides irrigation to Adilabad Dist.

Kakatiya Canal provides irrigation to Nizamabad, Karimnagar,Warangal Districts.

Flood Canal brings water to Mid Manair Project (under construction)

Irrigation potential:

9, 68,000 Acres in stage-I and 5, 87,000 Acres in stage –II

( Including Khammam & Nalgonda).

SRSP Flood Canal

SRSP Flood Canal  is full in last year.There is no water in SRSP and Flood canal.

                     Irrigation projects of Karimnagar dist.

SRSP,Upper Manair project 13088 Acres , Boggula vagu 5150 Acres, Shanigaram Priject 5100Acres, Mulavagu Project 3000Acres

                     Iirrigation projects of Nizambad dist.

Nizamsagar,SRSP, Alisagar,Guptha LIS,Pocharam,Ramadugu,Koulasnala Project

                     Irrigation projects of Adilabad dist.

SRSP, KadamProject,Khanapoor channel,Swarna, Sathnala, Vattivagu,Chelimelavagu Project.

                     Irrigation projects of Medak dist.

SinguruProject, nallvagu Project, Ghanpoor Anciut.

                     Irrigation projects of Warangal dist.

SRSP, Devadula LIS,Palala, Laknavaram, Ramappa, Malluruvagu, Salivagu Project.

                    Irrigation projects of Khammam dist.

Nagarjuna Sagar, SRSP, Wyra, Palair, Lankasagar, Kinnerasani, Mukhamamidi, Peddavagu, Taliperu,LT Bayyaram Project.

                    Irrigation projects of Nalgonda dist.

Nagarjuna Sagar, AMR project (SLBC), Dindi, Asifnahar, Musi, Devadula, SRSP phase-ii, SRSP Flood Canal.

                    Irrigation projects of Mahaboobnagar dist.

Jurala, Rajolibanda, Sangambanda, Koilsagar, Saralasagar, Bhima Lift, Nettempadu Lift, Kalwakurthi Lift.

Godavari River Basin


            Godavari River originates from Western Ghats in Maharashtra state. It is the Largest River of the Deccan. Its basin covers 10 % of the total area of India. The Godavari, the largest of the peninsular rivers, rises in the Nasik district of Maharastra and joins the Bay of Bengal in Andhra Pradesh after flowing for 1465 Kms. The drainage basin, about 50% of which lies in Maharastra, extends over 3, 12,810 sq kms.

           The river and its tributaries flow in 6 states. Godavari River basin spreads in Maharashtra, Chattisghad, Andhra Pradesh, Orrisa, Madya Pradesh and Karnataka states. The Godavari is often referred to as Dakshina Ganga because of its large size and extent.

           For several kms it flows throw a deep gorge in the Western Ghats before reaching Nasik city. After crossing Maharastra it enters the Telangana region. It cuts across the Eastern Ghats in a gorge, known as papi kondalu and reaches the Bay of Bengal through a large delta.

           Its principle tributaries include the Pravara, Poorna, Penganga, wainganga, Wardha, Pranahitha, Indravathi, Manair, Kinnerasani and the Shabari. Among them the Manpra, Penganga and the wainganga are the largest and account for 115832 sq kms of the total drainage basin. 

          The available water in the river is 3216TMC (75% dependability). Andhra Pradesh is permitted to utilize 1480TMC.

           In Andhra Pradesh Godavari River flows 770 Kms. Out of this 600 Kms flows in Telangana region. The water utilization between Andhra and Telangana is not in this ratio. Are you agree with this ?

Maharastra 1,52,200 sq.kms. (Basin Area)

Andhra Pradesh 73,900

Chattisghad 58,500

Orrisa 17,700

Madya Pradesh 6,210

Karnataka 4,300

Telangana Region: - (Basin Area)

Adilabad 100%

Nizamabad 100%

Karimnagar 100%

Medak 98%

Warangal 52.5 %

Khammam 51.8 %

Ranga Reddy 5 %

Krishna River Basin

        The Krishna rises from a spring near Mahabaleshwar Hills of Western Ghats in Maharastra and flows south and southeast towards the Bay of Bengal.

         Its total length of 1496 kms is shared by Maharastra, Karnataka and Andhra pradesh. Bhima is its largest tributary. Its main tributaries are the koyana, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Bheema, Tunga Bhadra, Varna, Panchaganga, and Dudganga, Musi, Palleru and the Munneru. The Krishna drains an area of 258950 sq kms.

         It enters near Makthal in Mahaboobnagar district of Telangana region.

         Bachavath Tribunal allotted water to Andhra Pradesh 800 TMC, Karnataka 700 TMC and Maharastra 560 TMC. Andhra Pradesh may utilize surplus water which is available In the river.

Krishna River Basin Area in Telangana

Medak 2 %

Warangal 47.5 %

Khammam 43.5 %

Ranga Reddy 95 %

Hyderabad 100 %

Nalgonda 100 %

Mahaboobnagar 100 %

Nagarjuna Sagar Project

        The Nagarjuna Sagar Project comprises the construction of a 1450 M long masonry dam with 3415 M long eastern flanks on the Krishna River near Nandikonda village in Nalgonda district about 145 Km from Hyderabad. The right bank canal irrigates Andhra region and the Left bank canal irrigates Telangana region. (Nandigama in Andhra region also) The reservoir will have a storage capacity of 408 TMC and its water spread will be 57,790 acres. The project also envisages a power house at the toe of the Dam.

        Then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone on 10th December 1955. Water was released to the crops in August 1967 even though the project work was partially completed. 125M height rock Dam 1450 M length concrete structure was constricted. Its Full Reservoir Level is 590 M.

       Right canal is Jawahar canal, Left canal is Lalbahadoor canal. Both the Canals capacity is 11000 cusecs. Right canal irrigates Guntur and Prakasham Districts, Left canal Nalgonda, Khammam, Krishna, and West Godavari districts.


        In Telangana, expected utilization of this project by Nizam government is 161 TMC. (Khosla committee recommendations) Today only 90 TMC through gravity canal and 10TMC with Lift irrigation Total 100TMC was utilizing in this region, remaining water irrigating the Andhra region.


        The water utilization between Andhra and Telangana regions are not properly distributed. Are you agreeing with this?

        Rayalaseema people are demanding for share in Krishna river water. Government is also permitting to take water from Srishailam Project. The river catchment area was spreads as follows, In Rayalaseema 18.4% Costal area 13.1% Telangana 68.5%. What should be the share of that region? They are already utilizing excess water compare with basin percentage.

Rayalaseema River Basins:


Geographical Area 17658 Sq. Kms.

Krishna River basin covers 58.6

Pennar River basin covers 41.4%


Geographical Area 19135 Sq. Kms.

Krishna River basin covers 20%

Pennar River basin covers 80%

KADAPA District

Geographical Area 15380 Sq. Kms.

Pennar River basin covers 100%


Geographical Area 14630 Sq. Kms.

Swarnamukhi River Basin 15.31%

Kalangi River Basin 6.29%

Araniar River Basin 6.15%

Kushastali River Basin 6.02%

Papagni River Basin 33.01%

Papagni River Basin 9.84%

Cheyyeru River Basin 23.38%

National Water Grid

          This is a plan to inter-link the various rivers so as to utilize their surplus water by diverting it to deficit areas. The scheme envisages the construction of a canal from the Ganga River near Patna and linking it to the Narmada River and from there to the Godavari, The Krishna and ultimately to the Kaveri. At each stage the surplus water would be released to the drought affected areas. The total length up to the Kaveri would be about 2640 kms, out of which about 1000 kms would be along the canal and 1640 kms along the river water route.