Krishna river board biased towards Telangana, claims Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy

Jagan wrote to the Centre requesting it to prevail upon Telangana government to at once stop the indiscriminate drawal of water solely for power generation.

Published: 05th July 2021 03:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th July 2021 03:57 PM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy

AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. (Photo | EPS)


AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday accused the Krishna River Management Board of adopting a discriminatory attitude against the state and acting with a bias towards Telangana.

He also alleged that the neighbouring Telangana government continued to "blatantly violate the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014" and act in a whimsical manner, causing a lot of distress to the state.

In a four-page follow-up letter to Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Monday, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister requested the former to prevail upon Telangana government to at once stop the indiscriminate drawal of water solely for power generation.

"We have already complained to the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti on a number of occasions the nature of Telangana leadership to violate all established norms, principles and procedures in vogue with the main intention to put the state of Andhra Pradesh in distress by depriving its due share of water," Jagan said.

The number of unauthorized projects being constructed by Telangana (on river Krishna) was also brought to the Ministry and the KRMBs notice, he added. "Inspite of repeated complaints and requests to prevail upon Telangana to stop execution of the unauthorized projects, without appraisal of detailed project reports by KRMB and scrutiny by the CWC, no effective steps have been taken so far," the Chief Minister regretted.

He said the KRMB "has shown and been showing" discriminatory attitude against the interests of AP. "KRMB acts swiftly on false complaints made by Telangana but ignores the genuine complaints of AP, though we have time and again requested it to act in a fair manner. KRMB, which is supposed to be a neutral body to safeguard the interests of both the member-states, is acting with a bias towards Telangana," Jagan told Shekhawat.

He found fault with the KRMB's move to visit the Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme under the guise of an NGT order, without inspecting the sites in Telangana where unauthorized projects were in advanced stages of execution.

The Chief Minister referred to a June 22 letter of the Jal Shakti Ministry wherein the KRMB was directed to place the issue of RLS site visit in the Board meeting for taking a decision as it involved the interests of both states.

"Direct the KRMB to be neutral in its functioning. It may also be directed to first visit the sites of unauthorized projects under execution in Telangana before visiting RLS," Jagan requested Shekhawat.

The Chief Minister reiterated the request that the jurisdiction of KRMB be notified immediately and all water drawal, including water for irrigation, power and drinking water from Krishna reservoirs, be brought under its control.

Jagan also wanted CISF deployment at all the common reservoir sites for effective operation and maintenance.


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