Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, September 30
The two Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are heading for a showdown over the issue of sharing Krishna and Godavari waters.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) while expressing his displeasure over the Centre’s role in sorting out the shares has asked state officials to take the Centre to task during the next Apex Council meeting on the issue scheduled on October 6.
The chief minister has directed officials to seek absolute clarity on the allocation of water to Telangana. He convened a high-level meeting with the Water Resources Department officials on Thursday to discuss on the strategy to be adapted at the Apex Council meeting and instructed the officials concerned to come with complete data and information and issues to be placed before the Central government.
“Andhra Pradesh state is intentionally creating disputes on the river water sharing. We have to give a befitting reply to the AP state’s arguments at the Apex Council meeting. Give an absolute clarity on issues so that the AP government will not raise the issues again in future,” a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office quoted him as saying.
“Take the opportunity to expose the seven years delay caused by the Centre and its inactive role on the matter. Oppose and reject the attempts made to undermine the rights of Telangana people. Utilise the Apex Council meeting to tell the whole country about the facts,” KCR said.
He pointed out that under the States Bifurcation Acts, whenever a new state is formed, it should be allocated its water share.
“The Telangana state was formed on June 2, 2014 and we wrote a letter to the prime minister on June 14, 2014 requesting for the allocation of water to the Telangana state.”