New Delhi / Hyderabad: The state government believes that the Center would respond positively to the arguments put forward by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to Union Minister Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and would agree to postpone the implementation of the notification to the Official Gazette on the jurisdiction of the KRMB and the GRMB (Krishna and Godavari River Management Boards) in the management of projects and the sharing of river waters between the two Telugu States. In his presentation, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao urged the Union Minister to amend the gazette notification and only place joint irrigation projects like Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar under the responsibility of the management boards of the River. He said that the management of all other projects should be left to the respective states. Leading official sources told The Hans India that KCR has explained in detail the hurdles the state would face once the notification goes into effect from October. He pointed out that without finalizing the sharing of Krishna and Godavari water between the two states, it would be difficult to manage and maintain the projects by the councils. During its 40-minute meeting, KCR reportedly urged Shekhawat to withhold notification until issues raised by the Telangana government are resolved.
We learn that the Union Minister has agreed to examine it. The official announcement is likely by the first week of October. The chief minister further called on the Union minister to allocate water 50:50 percent between the two states. He reiterated the demand for action against the government of Andhra Pradesh for taking “illegally” projects like the Rayalaseema Elevator Irrigation System (RLIS).