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KCR, Maha CM to sew up final pacts

KCR, Maha CM to sew up final pacts
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Telangana State and Maharashtra governments are likely to draw up schedule to finalise the agreements on the new projects taken up by Telangana State government on the river Godavari.

IRRIGATION PROJECTS
TS CM to meet Maharashtra counterpart in New Delhi today

Hyderabad: Telangana State and Maharashtra governments are likely to draw up schedule to finalise the agreements on the new projects taken up by Telangana State government on the river Godavari. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao will have a meeting with his Maharashtra counterpart on the sidelines of the meeting of Chief Ministers on drought to be held at New Delhi on Tuesday.

It may be recalled that the Prime minister on Tuesday will be chairing a meeting on drought. According to sources, the Chief Minister would meet his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis and discuss the issues regarding the pending apex committee (comprising CMs and Irrigation Ministers) meeting to take a decision on the height of Medigadda project taken up as part of Pranahitha Kaleshwaram project on Godvari.

The two governments recently constituted the apex committee to speed up the construction of barrages and projects on the Godavari and its tributaries. However, not a single meeting of the apex committee was held so far. The State government has already laid foundation stone for Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project, taken up at a cost of nearly Rs 30,000 crore.

However, the construction of the project would be taken only after finalising the details. Official sources said that foundation stone for Tummidihati and Annaram and Sundilla projects for which administrative sanctions were already accorded would be laid once the two states finalise the agreement.

The officials said the height of Tummidihatti has already been fixed at 148 FRL (full reservior level). finalisation of Medigadda project height is still hanging in balance as TS proposed the height at 100 or 101 FRL. This issue would also come up in the meeting between two Chief Ministers.

The two governments had already signed agreement in March this year on construction of inter state irrigation projects facilitating to take up five barrages on Godavari and its tributaries Penganga and Pranahita which have been pending for nearly four decades due to inter- state river disputes. Under the agreement, Telangana would build Pranahita barrage as part of Pranahita-Chevella project near Tummidihatti in Adilabad district.

The two states also signed a pact to constitute an inter-state board to solve all issues relating to projects agreed in the past and those to be built in future across Godavari. It will monitor inter-state projects to be taken up under Godavari tribunal award 1979. The chief minister of Telangana will be chairman of the board for one year while his Maharashtra counterpart will head it the next year.

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