Centre calls Telugu States for Apex Council meeting on water sharing

By   |  Published: 21st May 2020  7:02 pm

Hyderabad: The Union Ministry of Jal Shakti has called for an Apex Council meeting to discuss various issues pertaining to Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) and Godavari River Management Board (GRMB), and directed the governments of Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh to send their agenda points immediately. The Union Jal Shakti Minister and the Chief Ministers of the two States are members of the Apex Council.

In a letter to the Principal Secretary of Irrigation and Command Area Departments of both the Telugu States, and chairpersons of both the Boards, AC Mallick, Under Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti, on Thursday said the next meeting of the Apex Council which was constituted under the AP Reorganization Act 2014 is likely to be convened shortly under the chairmanship of the Minister of Jal Shakti.

He further said that as per the minutes of the meeting held on January 21, 2020, under the Chairmanship of Secretary Department of Water Resources to discuss various issues under KRMB and GRMB, both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh had agreed to submit Agenda points for the next meeting of Apex Council. “However, these are still awaited from both the States,” he said, and requested them to send the agenda points for the next meeting of the Apex Council treating the matter as urgent.

An urgent Apex Council was necessitated following the recent order of the AP government augmenting the capacity of Pothireddypadu Head Regulator and construction of a 3TMC capacity lift to take water from Srisailam Reservoir. Subsequently, the Telangana government took up the issue with the KRMB. The AP government too lodged a complaint against Telangana government alleging that the upper riparian State was building seven new projects including Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) to utilize 450 TMC without consent of the Apex Council.

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