It is common knowledge that KCR has backed YS Jagan Mohan Reddy over TDP’s N Chandrababu Naidu. Many saw bonhomie between the two CMs. But now the bonhomie seems to be short-lived.
River water sharing between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has been an old bone of contention right from the separate Telangana State agitation days. Post the bifurcation, according to the AP State Reorganisation Act 2014, and both governments should seek approval from the Apex Council which consists of officials from both the States and the Union Water Ministry. So when Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy passed GO No. 203 recently, it caused a sharp retort from the Telangana CM K Chandra Shekar Rao for not consulting the Apex Council and going ahead unilaterally with the decision.
There are two major projects on the Krishna River which passes through both the States. Srisailam Dam upstream and Nagarjuna Sagar downstream. According to GO 203, the AP government gave official sanction to build the Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme (RLIS). RLIS includes up-gradation of Pothireddypadu head regulator canal system and other projects, worth over Rs 7,000 crore. The project aims at drawing an additional quantity of six to eight TMCs (thousand million cubic feet) of water per day from the Srisailam reservoir on the Krishna river.
In response, the Telangana Irrigation Board filed a complaint with the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) accusing the AP government of violating the AP Reorganisation Act 2014. AP CM, for his part, responded by saying that the State would not be drawing any extra water other than what was legally allocated by the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal.
The issue is at a standstill as both parties are unwilling to budge. It is common knowledge that KCR has backed YS Jagan Mohan Reddy over TDP’s N Chandrababu Naidu. Many saw bonhomie between the two CMs. But now the bonhomie seems to be short-lived. The Telangana government has already indicated that they would go to the Supreme Court with the matter. As both States are seriously constructing irrigation projects at a rapid pace, it would be interesting to wait for the Supreme Court judgement to resolve these long-pending issues.