Ending the years-long discord over the utilization of Godavari waters between Telangana and Maharashtra, the Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao signed an MoU with Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Meeting at the Sahayadri House in Mumbai, the two chief ministers signed an agreement over sharing the waters.
“We achieved Telangana after a long struggle and people have a lot of expectations from us. We have to work hard to fulfill them. Water is one of the major priorities and this particular issue has been going on for a long time, so these two states (Telangana and Maharashtra) have to settle it amicably,” said KCR, thanking Fadnavis. In a lighter moment, KCR also invited Fadnavis to come to Hyderabad for a visit and to taste the mouth-watering Biryani.
This is a historic agreement, as unlike other warring states both these states have reached to certain conclusion after sharing their views and studying each others’ objections on several key issues such as height of barrages and their storage capacity.
This agreement will enable the two States to work out mutually beneficial specifications on the construction of Medigadda barrage, 20 km downstream of Kaleshwaram in Warangal District, as part of the Kaleshwaram Project, a component of the redesigned Pranahita-Chevella project. The barrage would allow irrigation of 16.4 lakh acres in Telangana and over 50,000 acres in some tribal areas of Maharashtra with the help of four small lift irrigation schemes.
The five major projects in this agreement are:
1. Kaleswaram, a barrage at Rajapet
2. Barrage between Chankha and Kovata
3. Barrage at Penpahad
4. Barrage at Tammadihatti on Pranahita
5. Barrage at Medigadda
Maharashtra is planning projects at Rajapet and Penpahad, while Telangana will build the remaining three.
KCR was accompanied by Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, Irrigation Adviser R Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma and ministers Jogu Ramanna and Indra Karan Reddy.