The water-sharing disputes between two states have always been standing as the high priority issues all the time. Though it’s been years ever since Andhra and Telangana bifurcated there is high viscosity in a tiff between in water sharing for their lakhs of acres of croplands. In order to settle these issues, the NDA government has passed the bill to establish a permanent tribunal to adjudicate on inter-state disputes over sharing of river waters of both Andhra and Telangana.
Lok Sabha has passed a bill last week on making amendments to the Inter-State River Waters Disputes Act of 1956, it gives for setting up of a separate tribunal every time a dispute arises. But both the states of Telugu understood it like it is a move by the centre to gain control over the two states. Now, we hear that Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and the Andhra CM Jagan are all set to meet next week to discuss on water storage levels in common irrigation projects before lifting the gates Srisailam reservoir to Nagarjuna Sagar Project.
As many as 21 lakh acres are under these two projects, many towns and hundreds of villages would be benefited if the two-state CM’s meet turns out to be successful. However, few political critics are airing their views that Jagan and KCR meet on inter water sharing disputes would send a signal to Modi as they are ignoring his governance.