Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao raised concerns of Telangana over the Centre’s decision to bring all the irrigation projects on Krishna and Godavari Rivers under the purview of the respective River Management Boards as per the gazette notification issued earlier. The Chief Minister is learnt to have appealed that only the irrigation projects which are under the joint control of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, should be brought under the purview of the River Management Boards.
In his meeting with Union Jal Shakthi Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for over 40 minutes at the latter’s camp office in Delhi on Saturday, the Chief Minister had discussed at length over the provisions of the gazette notification issued by the Centre bringing all irrigation projects of both the Telugu States under the control of the Godavari River Management Board (GRMB) and Krishna River Management Board (KRMB). He is said to have requested the Union Minister once again to postpone the implementation of gazette notification and allow the Boards to take control over the projects only after the river water sharing between both the States is finalised.
Chandrashekhar Rao also took up the inter-State disputes between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh over sharing of river waters, with the Union Minister. Accompanied by legislators representing erstwhile Mahabubnagar district — C Laxma Reddy, Rajender Reddy and Ala Venkateshwar Reddy, the Chief Minister urged Shekhawat to issue final approvals for the Palamuru-Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme, apart from making necessary water allocations. He submitted representations to the Union Minister on five issues pertaining to the Irrigation Department and also sought his intervention to stop the ongoing works of the Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme in Andhra Pradesh which was detrimental to the erstwhile Mahabubnagar district.
In a tweet, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat stated that he had discussed with the Chief Minister over effective implementation of the Centre’s Jal Jeevan Mission and Har Ghar Jal programmes in all the State including Telangana, among other issues. It may be recalled that both Jal Jeevan Mission and Har Ghar Jal programmes were inspired from Telangana’s Mission Bhagiratha where the State government had succeeded in providing drinking water connection to every household in the State.
Now you can get handpicked stories from Telangana Today on Telegram everyday. Click the link to subscribe.