Hyderabad: The Chairpersons of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) and Godavari River Management Board (GRMB) will attend an emergency meeting to be convened by the Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS) on Monday in New Delhi to discuss pending water issues pertaining to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in Krishna River basin.
KRMB and GRMB Chairpersons – MP Singh and J Chandrashekhar Iyer respectively – will attend the meeting. They will also discuss the modalities to be adopted for implementing the gazette notification issued by the Central government, giving complete control of scores of projects in Telangana to KRMB and GRMB. The notification will come into effect on October 14.
The Telangana government has already shot off several letters to the KRMB highlighting the violations committed by AP with respect to utilisation of Krishna water. In a recent letter to the KRMB, the Telangana government requested it to immediately stop water diversion through Pothireddypadu Head Regulator since it was in violation of Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal-I (KWDT-I) Award.
It also urged the board to take deterrent action against AP government for diverting the water. The Telangana government also urged the board to implement the provisions of KWDT-I without any further delay from current water year and that there was absolutely no need to seek any opinion from others.
In response to the letter written by Engineer-in-Chief, Telangana Irrigation and Command Area Development (CAD) C Muralidhar, the KRMB asked the AP government to furnish views and submit Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of the proposed irrigation schemes and projects immediately to it.
The Telangana government has also requested the MoJS to verify whether the unapproved Veligonda project is eligible for funding under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana – Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (PMKSY-AIBP).
These key issues pertaining to water disputes in Krishna basin will come up for discussion in New Delhi, sources said.
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