Telangana seeks operational control of Srisailam reservoir from AP

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Telangana has raised the issue ahead of the apex council meeting on October 6 in order to ensure that Andhra Pradesh does not proceed with the expansion of Pothireddypadu head regulator and the construction of Rayalseema Lift Irrigation scheme.  

The Telangana government has sought the operational control of Srisailam reservoir from Andhra Paradesh for getting fair and equitable share of Krishna waters.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has written a letter in this regard to Union Jal Sakthi Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday. He has raised the issue ahead of the apex council meeting on October 6 in order to ensure that Andhra does not proceed with the expansion of Pothireddypadu head regulator and the construction of Rayalseema Lift Irrigation scheme.  

The Apex Council meeting to be chaired by the Union Minister will be attended by KCR and his counterpart AP chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy via video conference. KCR urged the Union Minister to make sure these points were included in the agenda of the second Apex Council meeting.

In his 14-page letter, KCR told the Union Minister that instead of prolonging the “meaningless” dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the Centre must make the terms of reference for the allocation of fair and equitable share of Krishna waters to the sibling States without further ado, according to a New Indian Express report.

“Telangana had struggled for six decades to get its fair and equitable share of water and seven long and valuable years after its formation due to the inaction of the government of India. I look forward to meaningful discussion in the 2nd meeting,” the letter said.

The CM also spoke about the “injustice” meted out to Telangana in water sharing, the ineffective supervision of the Krishna River Management Board, which failed to stop the Andhra Pradesh government from calling for tenders for the Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme, and Section 89 of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.

Speaking about AP’s objections over the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme, KCR said that the scheme was inaugurated both by the AP and Maharashtra Chief Ministers on June 21, 2019.

“They inaugurated KLIS with me. At the time, nearly 95 per cent of works were already completed,” the CM told Shekhawat. KCR also mentioned concerns regarding water allocations in the letter. It remains to be seen whether the subjects raised by the CM will be included in the agenda of the Apex council meeting (with inputs from ANI)

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