Hyderabad: The two Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have to battle it out for water this summer as the water levels in the reservoirs are likely to decline drastically. The irrigation department officials said that during March itself the water levels will go down hugely in Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam reservoirs.

In this regard, on Thursday, the Krishna River Management Board has sent official letters to both the states and sought their response over the water sharing matter. The board estimates that by the end of March the water levels will go below the minimum level and both the states have to share the water from the reservoir. If this would be the case, then the Rabi crops in 25 lakh hectares would be destroyed in the two states.

A senior official from the irrigation department said that let alone the crops, this summer Hyderabad, Nalgonda and Rangareddy districts as well as Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts will be facing severe water shortage in the months of April, May, June and July. He added that there is no hope of new water coming till July this year. So until then, both the states have to gear up for the impending water problems.