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Water row: AP, Telangana refuse to budge

Water row: AP, Telangana refuse to budge
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Water Row: AP, Telangana Refuse to Budge. The Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal headed by retired Supreme Court Judge Brijesh Kumar on Wednesday decided to hear further arguments and viewpoints from the four riparian States of Krishna basin which includes two Telugu-speaking States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and has finalised nine issues to be heard. The tribunal will meet from February 25 to 27.

Krishna Tribunal to hold hearings in February

New Delhi: The Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal headed by retired Supreme Court Judge Brijesh Kumar on Wednesday decided to hear further arguments and viewpoints from the four riparian States of Krishna basin which includes two Telugu-speaking States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and has finalised nine issues to be heard. The tribunal will meet from February 25 to 27.

D Srinivas, the Andhra Pradesh government's legal representative, said the tribunal had identified issues under the scope and ambit of AP Reorganisation Act 2014, and would hear arguments from all the sides in the preliminary hearing held on Wednesday.

Under Section 89 of the AP Reorganisation Act, the term of the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal shall be extended to make project-wise specific allocation. If such allocation has not been made by the tribunal under the Interstate River Water Disputes Act, 1956, it shall determine an operational protocol for project-wise release of water in the event of deficit flows. Also, the Act makes it clear that the project-specific awards already made by the tribunal on or before the appointed day shall be binding on the successor States.

According to the previous award given by the Justice Brijesh Kumar committee, the united Andhra Pradesh was to receive 1,005 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of water.

The Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal was constituted under Section 3 of the Interstate River Water Disputes Act 1956 relating to waters of the river Krishna flowing through three States of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. But after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana came into existence. The tribunal was expected to review its award after May 31, 2015 but with the birth of two Telugu states, it is forced to come up with another award for sharing of the Krishna waters among other aspects.

The Krishna is the second largest river in peninsular India and flows for about 1300 km originating in Maharashtra before emptying into Bay of Bengal in Andhra Pradesh.

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