No agreement between AP, TS over sharing of Godavari river waters: Jal Shakti Minister

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There is no agreement between AP and Telangana over sharing of Godavari river waters.

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This was revealed by the Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Ratan Lal Kataria in a written reply to a question posed by a member on the water dispute between the two-states. However, the Minister said the Sharing of Krishna river waters is being carried out as per the working arrangement agreed between both the States, out of the total 811 TMC allocated by Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal-I (KWDT-I), pending award of Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal-II (KWDT-II).

He further informed that a decision in respect of resolving the water-sharing dispute was taken at a second meeting of the Apex Council held on October 6, 2020, under the Chairmanship of Minister for Jal Shakti with Chief Ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

For considering the request of Telangana for a Tribunal under section-3 of Inter-State River Water Dispute (ISRWD) Act, 1956, Telangana has to withdraw the case it has filed in the Supreme Court on the subject. After receiving such assurance,

He further informed that the Ministry of Jal Shakti will seek legal opinion on whether a new Tribunal under section-3 of Inter-State River Water Dispute (ISRWD) Act, 1956 needs to be appointed or new Terms of Reference can be issued to the existing KWDT-II to hear the matter only after the Telangana withdraws the case it has filed in the Supreme Court on the subject matter.

Both the States agreed for setting up a Godavari Tribunal for adjudicating on the sharing of the waters of the Godavari river between AP and Telangana. The Union Minister requested both the States to send in their proposal for the same.

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