AP, TS CMs decide to adopt give and take policy in water sharing

KCR-YS Jagan meeting at Pragati bhavan today.

The much-awaited meeting of the Telangana Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh Counterpart YS Jaganmohan Reddy has decided to pursue give and take policy in all the matters pertaining to both the neighbouring States for the larger benefit of people.

Both the Chief Ministers were unanimous in deciding to supply Godavari waters to the Krishna River Basin (Ayucut) as the availability of water in Krishna River every year was facing uncertainty. They have also decided to solve all the issues under the 9th and 10th Schedule as early as possible.

The AP Chief Minister’s entourage was given a warm welcome on Monday afternoon who came to Pragati Bhavan along with his party’s MPs Vijay Sai Reddy, Mithun Reddy, Prabhakar Reddy. The CM KCR accompanied by Minister KT Rama Rao and MP Santosh Kumar received Jagan and his team at the entrance of Pragati Bhavan by honouring them with a shawl and a bouquet. They later had lunch together before proceeding for discussions for 6-long hours on the contentious issues plaguing two states.

AP CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy is being received by Telangana CM KCR at Pragathi Bhavan today

The entire meeting held in a bonhomie atmosphere and with a spirit of mutual cooperation. They both were unanimous while taking decisions on several issues. There was a lengthy discussion took place on the diversion of Godavari water to the Krishna Basin.

Availability of water in Krishna River is not uniform every year. Due to this, farmers in Rayalaseema region in AP, Mahboobnagar and Nalgonda districts in Telangana state are incurring losses. Crops are not getting the required water. It will be a wise move if water from Godavari River is diverted to the Krishna Basin when required. With this, farmers from Rayalaseema in AP, Palamur and Nalgonda will get water to their farms. While utilising the Nagarjuna Sagar and Srisailam projects, Godavari water should be diverted to the Krishna Ayucut. Water from the Godavari can be diverted with less expenditure and time,” both the CMs decided. Both the CMs have also decided to discuss in-depth on questions like from where water from the Godavari should be diverted to where? How this model should be? And other related issues in their next meeting.

“There are unnecessary issues on Schedule 9 and 10 under the Bifurcation Act. We have to solve the issues. It is not difficult to solve them with mutual cooperation and with proper awareness,” the CMs observed and asked their respective Chief Secretaries to hold a meeting to solve issues under the 9th and 10th Schedule.