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    Telangana to move apex court against Andhra's new irrigation projects

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    Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on late Monday ordered the officials to move the Supreme Court against the sibling Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to construct new irrigation projects to lift Krishna River water from Srisailam project.

    Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on late Monday ordered the officials to move the Supreme Court against the sibling Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to construct new irrigation projects to lift Krishna River water from Srisailam project. The Telangana government held a high-level review meeting at the Chief Minister’s camp office Pragathi Bhavan in Hyderabad to discuss on the AP government’s decision to construct new irrigation project to lift 3 TMC of water from Srisailam project.

    This comes hours after the AP irrigation minister P Anil Kumar Yadav countered the Opposition parties' allegation of betraying the interests of Telangana on river water sharing. Telangana Chief Minister Rao took serious objection to the 'unilateral decision' of Andhra government to build new irrigation projects. Pointing out that the decision of Andhra was against the AP State Reorganisation Act 2014, Rao declared initiating a legal fight to stop the neighbour’s projects.

    Rao also instructed the officials to file a complaint against the AP government’s decision before the Krishna Water Management board for taking up projects without the consent of the Apex Committee concerning inter-state water issues. “The AP State Reorganization Act had clearly stipulated that if new irrigation projects are planned in AP or Telangana state they should get clearance from the Apex Committee. But the AP government did not get any approval from the Apex Committee,” said Rao, adding that the Srisailam project was a combined project of AP and Telangana where water from combined projects should be utilised by both the states. “But the AP government without even consulting the Telangana state has decided to lift water from Srisailam project and issued a GO in this regard. This is highly objectionable.”

    Rao viewed that the united Palamuru, Nalgonda and Rangareddy districts of Telangana would suffer water crisis for both drinking and agriculture if Krishna water was diverted by the AP government. “The Telangana state government had extended a friendly hand to the AP stating that river waters should be utilised for the benefit of farmers in both the states setting aside all the differences, disputes of the past,” said CM Rao. “I have taken the initiative by saying there should not be any ego or water basin problems in utilizing the water. It is very painful that despite this, the AP government declared a new scheme without even consulting with the Telangana state to lift water from Srisailam project unilaterally.”

    The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi president Rao said the unilateral decision of Andhra has “dented the very spirit with which water should be utilised by the two stats with mutual cooperation.” The chief minister said he would not compromise when it comes to protecting the interests of Telangana, adding that the state government “will put up a relentless legal fight to stop this (Andhra) project under any circumstances.”

    Telangana is currently constructing irrigation projects to utilise 950 TMC of its share in the Godavari waters. The chief minister directed the officials to request the Centre to allocate 600 TMC of water from the Godavari River surplus waters to meet the needs of drinking water, industries, and power generation plants.
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    5 Comments on this Story

    Raman 84 days ago
    Why should AP need any approval of Telangana to manage their own state.
    Ramamohana Kodali84 days ago
    Pothireddypadu outlet from Srisaiam dam is the lifeline for Rayalaseema for irrigation and drinking water
    Ramamohana Kodali84 days ago
    He said he will make 'RayalaSeema'( Kadapa,Kurnooi , Ananthapoor, and Chittoor districts of Andhrapradesh ) 'Rathanala seema,( Land of gems) granary and greenary.
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