Asking two Telugu States to make use of river waters as per Bachawat Tribunal recommendations Krishna River Management Board today set a deadline of one month to the governments to sit across the table to find an amicable solution. During a marathon meeting in national capital of Delhi at the behest of Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharathi, the Board conducted a crucial meeting with officials concerned of the two states.
The officials again differed on the allocation and use of waters among the two states. When Telangana sought release of 45 tmc from Polavaram, Andhra Pradesh opposed it and favoured to make use of Nagarjunasagar right canal waters and also suggested that two states can make use of the waters available in their own territories now. To this the Telangana irrigation officials opposed and sought their rightful share of waters denied by the Andhra Pradesh according to informed sources.
Similarly the Telangana opposed Andhra Pradesh demand of issuing a notification by deciding the expansion of the board powers. Interestingly, the irrigation ministers of the two states T Harish Rao and D Umamaheshwar Rao also discussed the issue with Union Water Resources Secretary Amarjith and expressed their views. As no consensus made in the meeting with different views by the two ministers and the officials the board set one month deadline. The Board asked them to come with a solution in a month to take a further decision on the contentious turned issue of river water sharing and allocation. (NSS)