Hyderabad: Hardening his stand, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday said Telangana government would raise objections on the water sharing issues at the apex council meeting called by the Centre on August 25.
Welcoming Centre’s decision to hold apex council meeting, KCR made it clear that all the disputes, doubts expressed by the AP government and Centre on sharing of river waters will be clarified and cleared.
He noted the Telangana government would raise its objections on the water sharing issues. The CM also decided to write to the Centre about participating at the meeting.
KCR was chairing a review meeting a Pragathi Bhavan to finalize the strategy for the apex council meeting.
Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Water Resources Advisor SK Joshi, State Planning Commission Vice Chairman Vinod Kumar, State Rythu Bandhu Samithi President Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, MLC Subhash Reddy, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Water Resources Development) Rajat Kumar, Principal Secretary to CM S Narsing Rao, E-in-C Nagender Rao were present in the meeting.
Other officials who participated in the meeting include Koteswar Rao, Prasad, Vijay Kumar, Venkata Narayana and, Senior Advocate Ravinder Rao.
The CM has instructed the officials to prepare comprehensive information on all the objections that the AP Government and Centre have put forth.
“There were no new projects in the Telangana state; the projects approved in the united AP were redesigned to suit the needs of the Telangana State,” he said.
It was decided that the arguments with proofs should be placed before the apex council meeting.
“Details like when projects were sanctioned? How much money was spent on them? How much money was spent on these projects at the formation of the Telangana State? How much land was acquired? How many TMCs were allocated? And other such information should be kept ready for the Apex Council meeting,” he said.
The CM said that at the Apex Council it should be explained that the Telangana state is executing projects in tune with the Bachawat Tribunal Award. It was decided to strongly oppose and register objections over enhancing the capacity of Pothireddy Padu as well as the new Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation project that was taken by the AP government.
KCR also instructed the officials to take the AP government to task for illegally utilizing water from Godavari and Krishna rivers in contravention to the Tribunal Award.
The CM made it clear that the objections raised by the AP government and the Centre were baseless. He said in the past several complaints lodged about injustices being meted out to Telangana State.
He said injustices meted with the state would be placed before the apex council for the early redressal of grievances.