Telangana, Andhra Pradesh unhappy with functioning of KRMB

The two Telugu states are not happy with the functioning of Krishna River Management Board (KRMB).

Published: 27th May 2016 06:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th May 2016 06:09 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: The two Telugu states are not happy with the functioning of Krishna River Management Board (KRMB), as many important agendas are left to be discussed within a short period of time. Thus, both the states want the KRMB to postpone its board meeting scheduled on Friday. Irrigation department officials feel that the reason why the meeting has been scheduled for May 27 is because KRMB chairman RK Gupta will retire on May 31.

“That is why he wanted to push important agendas in a short span of time. We are against taking decisions in a hurry,” a source in irrigation department told Express.

The agendas for the KRMB include allocation of water for 2016-17, bringing irrigation projects under the control of board, construction of new projects and monitoring of common projects. “All these items are very important, needs policy decisions. We received the agenda three days ago and do not have time to discuss it within the department,” irrigation officials of AP and TS felt.

Moreover, irrigation secretaries of both the states- Adityanath Das and SK Joshi - are preoccupied with other works and they would be away from Hyderabad.

Sources feel if at all the board meeting is scheduled for this month, it would be a formal meeting to send off the retiring board chairman Gupta.

The Centre had been appointing officers, who are about to retire from service, as chairman for Krishna and Godavari river management boards. That is why the boards are unable to take any key decisions. The first chairman of the KRMB conducted only one meeting, which ended as a farewell party to him on his retirement.


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