KCR asks Centre to stall KRMB draft notification

KCR asks Centre to stall KRMB draft notification
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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday shot off a strongly-worded letter to Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti criticising the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) jurisdiction over irrigation projects.

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday shot off a strongly-worded letter to Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti criticising the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) jurisdiction over irrigation projects.

In the letter, the Chief Minister asked the Centre not to issue the draft notification prepared by the Board for the maintenance of the projects in the state of Telangana. He brought to the notice of the Union minister that the draft notification, if implemented, would affect the interests of people of Telangana.

KCR said: “The Brijesh Kumar tribunal is yet to consider the plea of the Telangana government and pass an appropriate award in the allocation of water between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Issue of notification at this state will perpetuate the injustice for the past six decades meted out to Telangana by the erstwhile AP state.”

“It may kindly be recollected that no such notification is contemplated by the Godavari River Management Board. The KRMB forwarded the draft notification without adequate consultation with the partner states,” KCR said, adding that the draft notification circulated to the members in the meeting held on May 27 was not in accordance with the provisions of the AP Reorgansiation Act-2014.

He said in terms of section 85 ( 8) and 87 (1) of the reorganisation act, the KRMB has to function in terms of the award in force. The Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal – one (KWDT) which was in force had not made any allocation to any project in both the states. Hence, there is no jurisdiction to issue such a draft notification at this juncture, the Chief Minister said.

The letter further said the allocation of water share to Telangana is still under consideration of Justice Brijesh Kumar Tribunal constituted by the Union government with enhanced terms of reference in June 2014, KCR added.

The KRMB has been constituted under the Reorganisation Act for the administration, regulation, maintenance and operation of the projects. The headquarters of the Godavari Water Board would be located in Telangana and Krishna Board in the successor state of AP.

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