Differing with chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, major irrigation minister Peddi Sudarshan Reddy on Tuesday averred that water disputes would not arise post-division of the state.
Speaking to reporters at the Secretariat, the minister said water boards would be constituted to resolve the issues. “There is no room for apprehensions that water wars will take place after the division of the state,” he said.
He recalled that the Tunga-Bhadra project was constructed some 63 years ago and there was no dispute in sharing water between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The Tunga-Bhadra Board was constituted and it was looking after the river water sharing, the minister pointed out.
He also said that Krishna water from Nagarjuna Sagar Project (NSP) was being shared among all the three regions without any problem. Under NSP right canal, 130 tmc was allocated to irrigate 10 lakh acres. Under NSP left canal, 132 tmc water was allocated to irrigate 10.2 lakh acres.
He further said that even West Godavari was getting irrigation water from Krishna.