The governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana agreed to resolve all the pending water issues persisting in the states. This decision was taken at the Apex council meeting has been held recently in New Delhi, chaired by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti. The council has also decided to install telemetric equipment at all major projects to assess the drawl of water by the two States and request the Krishna Tribunal to make proportionate allocation of water.
The council has decided to allocate water to the two states, based on the findings of the a high-power team comprising of senior officials from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as well as the Central Water Commission. “We will request the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal to make proportionate allocation to the two States based on the report,” Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and senior officials of the Irrigation department participated in the over two-hour meeting convened to resolve the impasse.
The Union Minister went on to compliment both the Chief Minister on their proactive response in this matter. The Union Minister said discussions were held in a cordial manner and a broad consensus was arrived at on three major issues. The meeting had been convened to resolve the disputes between the two States through dialogue and their representatives had presented their points of view during the interaction.
“There is a need to evolve a mechanism relating to sharing of water in an amicable manner between the States,” she said.