Centre to take stock of Krishna and Godavari water utilisation


Mr. Singh, Secretary, Department of Water Resources, Union Ministry of Jal Sakthi, asked the Chairpersons of the Krishna and Godavari River Management Boards to procure the details of the irrigation projects in Maharashtra and Karnataka, too, and submit them to the Centre in a month.

The two States share stretches of the Krishna and the Godavari and own their tributaries. While the Godavari discharges over 3,000 tmc ft into the sea, the Krishna has almost dried up, with Maharashtra and Karnataka taking up large projects.

Telangana has also taken up several projects on the Krishna and the Godavari.

No new projects in AP:

The Jagan Mohan Reddy government, which came to power one year ago, however, proposed a few projects to increase the utilisation of the Krishna water from a section of the river above the Srisailam Reservoir. The AP retaliated with its own complaints saying that Palamuru-Rangareddy, Dindi Lift Irrigation Schemes on the Krishna river and Kaleshwaram, Tupakulagudem schemes and a few barrages proposed across the Godavari were all new projects.

To recall the history of the disputes of the Krishna water, two tribunals have been constituted to resolve them. Andhra Pradesh, which was the very tail end of the Krishna River, has countered the second Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal order issued by Justice Brijesh Kumar.

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