The most-awaited Apex meeting convened by the Jala Shakti Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Tuesday reportedly ended up on positive note with the state CMs coming to a consensus.
The meeting which was held through video conference decided that the Apex Council has taken over the power to give permission for any projects to be built on the Krishna and Godavari rivers.
Sources confirmed that arguments at one point of time heated up with Telangana CM KCR passing an ultimatum that they would go ahead with the new project across the Krishna river on the foreshore of Srisailam reservoir if Andhra Pradesh goes ahead with the construction of Rayalaseema lift irrigation project on the river.
After the two-hour-long meet, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat stated that both the states have agreed to submit detailed project reports (DPRs) of new projects taken up by the respective states before the Apex Council. However, it was learnt that KCR has placed a condition before the central government.
It was learnt that KCR said if the Centre agreed to constitute the tribunal, his government would withdraw the petition in the SC. Further, the Telangana chief minister also demanded that the Centre allocate river water to the two states project-wise. Talking to the press, the union minister stated that the two states had also agreed to shift the Krishna River Management Board’s office to Vijayawada from Hyderabad.
It all started with Andhra Pradesh planning to lift the lion share i.e, three to four TMCs of water of the Krishna waters released from the Srisailam project via Pothireddypadu which reportedly didn’t go well with T-Government.