Hyderabad: Apart from politics, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday discussed at length enhancing cooperation between the two States in areas related to water resources, industry and infrastructure. They also discussed fast-tracking the development of inter-State joint irrigation projects by the two governments. Discussions were held on irrigation […]
Hyderabad: Apart from politics, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday discussed at length enhancing cooperation between the two States in areas related to water resources, industry and infrastructure. They also discussed fast-tracking the development of inter-State joint irrigation projects by the two governments.
Discussions were held on irrigation projects like Babli Dam, Thammidihatti, Medigadda Barrage, Chanakha-Korata Barrage, among others. Various schemes and projects in the fields of industry and infrastructure in both the States were also discussed. Inter-State cooperation in irrigation projects and its various provisions also came up for discussion, a release from the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office said.
During the joint press conference, both the Chief Ministers shared their vision for the nation and plans to work together. Chandrashekhar Rao reminded that Telangana and Maharashtra were like brothers as they share a 1,000 km border. “It was with Maharashtra’s support that we were able to develop the Kaleshwaram project, which was a game-changer for Telangana. In the future too, the two States will work together for mutual progress,” he said.
Maharashtra and Telangana had signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in March 2016, to set up an inter-State water board to construct five barrages across Godavari and Penganga Rivers. The objective was to end decades of discord between the two States on utilisation of water in the river Godavari and its tributaries. Both States already have expressed mutual consent to construct barrages at various points on these rivers to benefit farmers in both States. Of the five barrages, three projects are on the inter-State borders where the Maharashtra government agreed to take up construction of Penpahad and Rajapet barrages while Telangana will take up Chanaka-Korata across Penganga River.
Meanwhile, Chandrashekhar Rao was given a rousing welcome on arrival in Mumbai. Several supporters of TRS and Shiv Sena put up hoardings en route from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s residence at Malabar Hills, welcoming Chandrashekhar Rao to Mumbai. Hoardings with messages of ‘Desh ka Netha KCR’, were put up on the arterial roads of Mumbai. Separate flexi banners welcoming the Telangana Chief Minister’s posters have come up at various places in Mumbai, with photographs of Chandrashekhar Rao, Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, calling them as leaders who “stood for their people’s pride and self-respect, were now standing together for nation’s pride and self-respect”.
Chandrashekhar Rao was accompanied by MPs BB Patil, G Ranjith Reddy, J Santosh Kumar, MLCs K Kavitha and Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, TRS general secretary Shravan Kumar Reddy as well as actor Prakash Raj.
During their one-and-half hour meeting, the duo discussed a wide range of issues including politics, the nation’s progress and the condition of the country. They agreed upon various issues including improving and expediting developmental issues, bringing structural and policy changes among others.
Chandrashekhar Rao was critical of the union government for misusing Central agencies against its political opponents and warned that unless the BJP changes its attitude, it will cost them dearly in the future. Hinting at the BJP, Thackeray stated that some people only work for their agendas, even if the country goes to hell. “The country’s development is a priority and even States need to have friendly relations with each other. We have to bring our country on the right path. Who should be the Prime Minister can be discussed later,” he declared.
Later, the Telangana Chief Minister called on Sharad Pawar at the latter’s Silver Oak residence in South Mumbai. The duo had a meeting that lasted for nearly two hours and later, addressed a joint press conference where Pawar stated that whenever politicians meet they discuss politics. ‘’However, today’s meeting with KCR was dominated by development and how the present issues of unemployment, poverty and farmers’ suicides can be addressed by working together on a priority basis. This is the need of the hour,’’ he noted.