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The Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments appear to be once again locking horns on various irrigation projects. Following the foundation stone laying for Palamuru lift irrigation and Nakkalagandi lift irrigation projects by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday, Andhra Pradesh Minister for Irrigation Devineni Umamaheswar Rao said that the AP Government had written a letter registering its protest over the proposed construction of these projects.

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments appear to be once again locking horns on various irrigation projects. Following the foundation stone laying for Palamuru lift irrigation and Nakkalagandi lift irrigation projects by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday, Andhra Pradesh Minister for Irrigation Devineni Umamaheswar Rao said that the AP Government had written a letter registering its protest over the proposed construction of these projects.


At a press conference Rao charged the Telangana government of taking up the projects without seeking the clearance of the Central Water Commission and Krishna River Management Board. He said Telangana Chief Minister claims that he would bring 90 TMC of water from the PRRLIP. But, it was the same government which had in its submission before the Apex Court in a pending Special Leave Petition said that there is no water coming to Andhra – Telangana Borders from Karnataka even to meet the existing water demands.


When there was no water even to meet existing water demands how can the TS government give administrative sanction to these projects and lay foundation stone, he questioned. He said that the proposed project would hit the existing ayacut farmers of Nalgonda, Khammam, Guntur and Prakasam.


He said, “The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act is based on the drafts supplied by the KCR led TRS to the then UPA government. Section 84(3)(ii), 85 (8)(d) stipulates that the new projects proposed on Krishna and Godavari river, if any should first get clearance from respective River Management Boards,” he said. He wondered if the TS government had sought permission or at least submitted any Detailed Project Report to any of the statutory bodies mentioned in the Act.


On the contrary, he said Andhra Pradesh had taken all necessary approvals for Pattiseema project. He said this project has all the clearances of CWC and was part of the Poalvaram multipurpose project. In a sharp reaction to the stand taken by the AP government, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said that the AP government has been threatening that they will complain to the Prime Minister. “Modi is Prime Minister for Telangana also and I am sure that he will not listen to dogs’ like you.”

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