The Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) has instructed the AP State government to stop Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme forthwith.
In fact, RLIS was nothing but an upgradation of the Pothireddypadu reservoir which it was renamed as RLIS. The KRMB has also found fault with the AP State government for granting administrative sanctions to the construction of new projects on the Krishna River.
KRMB Member Harikesh Meena has sent written instruction to this effect to the Special Chief Secretary (Irrigation) of the AP government. The decision came following a complaint lodged by the Telangana state government with the KRMB earlier alleging that the proposed Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme to divert Krishna water from the Srisailam Project was in violation of the AP State Reorganisation Act. Against this backdrop, the KRMB in its response clearly stated that the AP Government can’t construct projects illegally.
The Board also warned the AP government that it can’t go forward with the regard to the construction of the projects without taking permission from the Central Water Commission (CWC).
The Board found fault with the AP Government for giving administrative sanction to the Scheme, which was in violation of Section 84, Para 7 of the conditions as enshrined in the AP Reorganisation Act. The Board made it clear that for any new projects, a Detailed Project Report (DPR) should be submitted to the CWC and permission should be taken from the Apex Committee. The actions taken by the AP government, which are in violation of this procedure, will be viewed as a violation of the Act, the KRMB amply clarified.
It may be recalled that the Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao has announced earlier in the month of May that he would approach the court of law if AP govt goes ahead with construction of its newly announced Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Project.