Telangana, Maharashtra to ink historic pact

Telangana, Maharashtra to ink historic pact
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Stage is set for scripting a new history as Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will sign a MoU for the construction of five barrages on Penganga and Godavari  rivers. Of the five barrages three will be constructed by the Telangana State and two barrages by Maharashtra government.

Hyderabad: Stage is set for scripting a new history as Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will sign a MoU for the construction of five barrages on Penganga and Godavari rivers. Of the five barrages three will be constructed by the Telangana State and two barrages by Maharashtra government. The MoU will be inked at Sahayadra Guest House at 10.45 am after which the two Chief Ministers will address a joint press conference.

It would be a first of its kind measure to resolve inter-state water dispute between governments headed by two different parties through negotiations. This MoU will pave for Telangana-Maharashtra governments to take up irrigation projects across Godavari, its tributaries.

The comprehensive agreements will cover all pending projects across the river Godavari. The five proposed projects include Kaleswaram, a barrage at Rajapet on Penganga, a barrage between Chankha-Kovata, a barrage at Penpahad and another one at Tammidihatti on Pranahita river in Adilabad district. A barrage would also be built at Medigadda in Karimnagar district. Maharashtra government would take up the projects at Rajapet and Penpahad, while Telangana would build the remaining three barrages.

According to official sources Tummadihatti barrage will be of 148 meters and Medigadda barrage 103 meters. Telangana State and Maharashtra will share water from this barrage. Maharashtra proposes to utilise the water for providing irrigation facilities for 45,000 acres. To draw this water, it wants to install three lifts. However, it is not clear whether this proposal will form part of the MoU or not.

A 14 member team includes ministers T Harish Rao, Jogu Ramanna, Indrakaran Reddy, Niranjan Reddy Vice Chairman Telangana Planning Board, Advisors to the Government of Telangana, R Vidayasagar Rao and D Srinivas, Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma, Special secretary to Chief Minister P Rajasekhar Reddy, Additional Secretary Smita Sabharwal,

Irrigation secretary S K Joshi and others flew to Mumbai by a special flight on Monday. The delegation called on Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao who had played a crucial role in bringing the two Chief Ministers across the table to resolve the inter-state disputes over the five projects.

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