KCR, Jagan gives a damn to center on water sharing!
The Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments have decided to give a damn for the bill and have their own understanding on river water sharing even the NDA government passed a bill to establish a permanent tribunal to adjudicate on inter-state disputes over sharing of river waters.
The bill which seeks to make amendments to the Inter-State River Waters Disputes Act of 1956 that provides for setting up of a separate tribunal every time a dispute arises was passed by the Lok Sabha last week. The transfer of all existing water disputes to the new tribunal will be ensured by the amendment once it becomes the law.
All five existing tribunals under the 1956 Act would cease to exist. To gain control over the states in the name of resolving water disputes, it is being felt by the Telugu States as an attempt by the Centre. In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his Andhra counterpart YS Jagan Mohan Reddy have decided to continue with their efforts to resolve inter-State issues.
To take stock of the water storage levels in the common irrigation projects soon before they take a call on the release of water from Srisailam reservoir to Nagarjuna Sagar Project, both of them will meet next week. Under the Nagarjuna Sagar Project to be fed at least for a single crop a year, the two Telugu States together have an ayacut of 21 lakh acres.