The second Apex Council meeting headed by the Union Jal Shakti Ministery Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has decided to constitute a permanent Tribunal under Section 3 to monitor the allocation of river waters between AP and Telagnana.
The decision came following the CM KCR agreed to withdraw the case they filed in Supreme Court to enable Centre to move forward on referring the water sharing issues to the tribunal under Section-3 of ISRWD Act of 1956, after taking due legal opinion. With regards to sharing of River Godavari waters, both the states were asked to send in the request to Centre so that Centre can move forward to refer to the tribunal under section-3 of ISWRD Act of 1956. Telangana CM said that he would send the request to Centre in a day. It was agreed to shift the KRMB Headquarters to the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Centre also announced its decision to go ahead with notifying the jurisdiction of both Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) & Godavari River Management Board (GRMB). Telangana CM dissented on this but as per the APRA-2014, no consensus is needed and hence Centre will notify. Both Chief Minister’s agreed to submit the DPR’s of all the projects taken up by their respective states. The Union Minister of Jal Shakti assured that the technical appraisal of all these projects will be done in the shortest possible timeframe.
Reacting on this, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao termed it as an achievement by the Telangana State government. He said it was made possible due to pressure exerted by the Telangana State which the matter was pending for 6 years. He also congratulated all the officials concerned who helped to put in firm arguments before the Apex Council meeting.
He further announced during the meeting that the Telangana government has decided to construct a Barrage at Alampur-Pedda Marur in Jogulamba Gadwal district to lift 3 TMC of water every day for agriculture if the Andhra Pradesh state government fails to stop construction of illegal projects like Potireddypadu and others on Krishna river.
Earlier, the CM KCR while participating in the Apex Council meeting through a video conference today, reiterated his government’s stand to protect the interests of its farmers and warned he would not keep quiet if the AP continues to cause injustice to the Telangana State in river waters sharing as it was done under the united AP ruling.
KCR said, “The injustices being meted out to Telangana in river water allocation has resulted in separate Telangana Statehood movement. The newly formed Telangana State has every right to get its lawful share in the inter-state water allocations. The irrigation water share that the Telangana lost under the united AP, will be reclaimed and achieved under the Telangana State.”
The CM said it was unfortunate and painful that despite Telangana State lodging several complaints against the AP government for constructing illegal projects, centre’s guidelines on the issue, the AP government is going ahead with the projects. The CM severely condemned the Potireddypadu Canal construction, which is illegally taking water from Srisailam project, which had no Ayucut and water allocation. This project is opposed by Telangana society during the separate statehood movement and yet the AP government is going ahead with it.