Further snubbing the amicable sharing of Krishna river waters for this year between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, officials of Telangana state walked out of the meeting after a heated argument. With the meeting ending with no consensus between the states, the probability is high that the matter might end at the Jal Shakti Ministry’s table for a solution.
While the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) and Godavari River Management Board (GRMB) convened the meeting on Wednesday, the KRMB representatives’ efforts to resolve the long-pending issue failed with Telangana sticking to 50:50 water share. Reportedly, AP irrigation officials demanded Telangana stop hydel power generation projects on Krishna which triggered the debate leading to the Telangana officials walking out.
The KRMB was to be allocated to Andhra Pradesh and GRMB to Telangana as per the bifurcation plan. Andhra Pradesh has sought to shift the KRMB’s office from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam, about 550 km from the river basin. Telangana wants the KRMB office to be closer to the basin.