Telangana opposes AP’s new barrage on Krishna

By Author  |  Published: 26th Feb 2019  9:21 pm

Hyderabad: The Telangana government has strongly opposed construction of a new barrage by Andhra Pradesh with a storage capacity of 10 tmc on Krishna river at Vaikuntapuram village in Guntur district. Telangana Engineer-in-Chief C Muralidhar wrote to the Member Secretary, Krishna River Management Board, seeking intervention to stop the barrage’s construction.

He requested the KRMB to direct the Andhra Pradesh government “not to proceed with the construction of any new project on Krishna pending adjudication of the references by the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal-II”. The barrage was taken up without the approval of the KRMB and the Apex Council as per section 84(3)(ii) of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.

Andhra Pradesh is bound to submit DPR of the project to the Apex Council, the Central Water Council, and the KRMB for their scrutiny and approval before taking up its construction, he said. AP cannot execute the project until it was given approval by all the three bodies by duly considering the views of Telangana.

The Reorganisation Act had stipulated that the planning and execution of new projects on the river has to be appraised and recommended by the KRMB and the CWC and thereafter, it would require sanction by the Apex Council.

Any act on the part of Andhra Pradesh government contrary to the mandate of the AP Reorganisation Act must be restrained, he said.

AP had clearly bypassed the Apex Council, the CWC and the river management board while issuing a GO according administrative sanction for Rs 2,169 crore for the barrage.

AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for the barrage on February 14. Such acts by the AP government would amount to preempting the decision of the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal, he said.