Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao wants tribunal to resolve water row | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: Seeking more allocations to Telangana in Krishna waters, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao urged Union minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to postpone the implementation of the gazette notification issued by the Centre on Krishna and Godavari River Management Boards. The notification comes into effect from October 14.
He said Telangana wants a new tribunal to be appointed to finalise the water sharing issues between Telangana and AP.
The CM said many projects were listed as unapproved in the gazette notification and added that they were not new projects, which were taken up before Telangana state came into being in June 2014. He said as a result of the unapproved projects tag, the state may not be able to get financial support or loans from the banks and financial institutions as all of them were being taken up with state government funds.
KCR met the Union minister in Delhi on Monday along with a team of irrigation officials, including special chief secretary Rajat Kumar, and spoke to the minister for about 40 minutes on various issues pertaining to Krishna and Godavari water issues. The state reportedly complained that the KRMB was not acting on the complaints lodged by it against AP. The latest example was construction of Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme (RLIS) by AP, the CM said.
KCR reportedly informed the Union minister that about 30 old projects were declared as unapproved by the Centre in the notification and asked to get the approval within six months. He is believed to have said his government is ready to provide detailed project reports (DPRs) on new projects.
He reminded the Union minister that on his advice during the apex council meeting held in October 2020, Telangana had withdrawn the case in the Supreme Court. He stressed that Telangana should be allotted at least 600 tmcft in 811 tmcft in Krishna waters or 50:50 to both the states till the final allocation by the tribunal. The CM reportedly explained that the state government was going ahead with hydel power generation on Krishna river.
Kaleshwaram doesn’t require approval:
On Godavari basin projects, KCR said 11 projects were mentioned as unapproved in in the gazette notification, which was issued on July 15 this year. But, they were taken up before the formation of Telangana and were well within the 967 tmcft share of the state. “Of this allocation (967 tmcft), projects for 758 tmcft were already cleared by the Central Water Commission and water availability has been cleared by hydrological directorate for another 148 tmcft. The balance allocation of 60 tmcft has been kept as a reserve for future projects, evaporation losses, etc,” he pointed out. “The additional 1 tmcft of Kaleshwaram project is not a new project. It has been only taken up with state government funds to utilise 240 tmcft allocation made to Kaleshwaram by CWC and does not require any approval of the Centre,” he added.

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