Advertisement
Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Amid Andhra-Telangana Water Dispute, Centre Takes Over Krisha-Godavari Projects

Union Jal Shakti ministry has issued a gazette notification handing over all major and medium projects to the Krishna and Goadavari river management boards

Amid Andhra-Telangana Water Dispute, Centre Takes Over Krisha-Godavari Projects
The notification issued by the Union Jal Shakti ministry on July 15 is expected to reduce the friction in the area of water management between the two states | File Photos
Amid Andhra-Telangana Water Dispute, Centre Takes Over Krisha-Godavari Projects
outlookindia.com
2021-07-17T19:02:14+05:30

Amid the ongoing water dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the central government has taken over the projects on the Krishna and Godavari river basins.

According to reports, Union Jal Shakti ministry has issued a gazette notification handing over all major and medium projects to the Krishna and Goadavari river management boards. The two boards will have all the powers of water release, granting approvals for construction of projects and hydel power generation with effect from October 14. The state governments will have to stop all ongoing projects immediately.

"The decision of the Union government for notifying the jurisdiction of two boards would go a long way in enabling the rive boards to discharge their responsibilities to the fullest as mandated in the APRA (Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act) 2014 and ring about the much needed neutrality on water resources matters between the two states," the ministry said.

The notification issued on July 15 is expected to reduce the friction in the area of water management between the two states, it added.

The APRA contains provisions for effective management of river water in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

It also has provisions for constitution of the Godavari and the Krishna River Management Boards and an Apex Council to supervise the functioning of these boards.

The Centre constituted the two river management boards on June 2, 2014 for administration, regulation, maintenance and operation of such projects on the Godavari and the Krishna rivers.

However, there was divergence between the two states on the issue of notification of the boards by the Centre. This issue was addressed in the second meeting of the Apex Council, headed by Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat along with the chief ministers of the two states, held in October 2020.

In this meeting, it was decided that the jurisdiction of the GRMB and the KRMB will be notified by the Centre.

Accordingly, the Centre has issued two notifications --- one for the GRMB and another for the KRMB --- for administration, regulation, maintenance and operation of projects in the Godavari and the Krishna rivers basins in these two states.

The notification states that the boards "shall ordinarily exercise" jurisdiction on the Godavari and the Krishna rivers with regards to projects like barrages, dams, reservoirs, regulating structures, part of canal network and transmission.

(PTI inputs)

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Putin's India Visit: How The Modi-Putin Meet May Rekindle India-Russia Ties

Putin's India Visit: How The Modi-Putin Meet May Rekindle India-Russia Ties

The Modi-Putin meet was a concerted effort by India-Russia to tell the world that their strategic relationship is alive and kicking.

Nagaland Ambush: Not Just AFSPA, It’s Time To Do Away With Most Special Laws

Nagaland Ambush: Not Just AFSPA, It’s Time To Do Away With Most Special Laws

It may be time for India to uphold human dignity, take a hard look at some of its regressive laws like AFSPA which includes Special Laws that authorises detention without trial.

How To Regain Ashes? KP Has Few Tips For Root’s England

How To Regain Ashes? KP Has Few Tips For Root’s England

England’s Test record in Australia is abysmal – nine defeats in the last 10 matches. The Three Lions last won the Ashes in 2011.

How Nagaland Incident Flared Up And Why There Is A Call To Repeal AFSPA?

How Nagaland Incident Flared Up And Why There Is A Call To Repeal AFSPA?

The Nagaland incident has highlighted several flaws in the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). What went wrong? We explain.

Advertisement