After hours of arguments to resolve the issues of irrigation projects of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) on Thursday ended with key resolutions. The meeting presided over by the chairman of KRMB Paramesh, principal secretaries and engineer in chiefs of irrigation of both the States, resolved to share the Krishna water in 66:34 proportion.
The Krishna Board took significance amid the growing political ripples in the two Telugu states. Addressing the media post the crucial meeting, chairman of the board stated that the two state officials have agreed to submit respective DPRs to the board with the permission of the state governments.
While the AP Board officials were learnt to raise the changed designs of projects in Telangana, KRMB has reportedly instructed the AP government to take the Pottireddypadu and Rayalaseema lift irrigation projects in accordance to the Telangana designs. On this note, Telangana special secretary Rajat Kumar raised concerns over Rayalaseema project in AP stressing upon the apex council’s permission to go ahead. The apex council, comprising Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and chief ministers of both states, will meet at a later date.
It all started with Andhra Pradesh planning to lift the lion share i.e, three to four tmc of water of the Krishna waters released from the Srisailam project via Pothireddypadu which reportedly didn’t go well with T-Govt. Though AP irrigation minister Anil Yadav stated that CM Jagan would take a move justifying both the states, the issue later led into a political storm.