Telangana Special Chief Secretary (Irrigation) Rajat Kumar today urged the Centre to "give clarity" on the issue of the sharing of the waters of the Krishna basin between the two Telugu states.
He held a meeting with the officials concerned and discussed the "future plan of action" to secure Telangana's "rightful water share".
At the meeting, Kumar stated, "Until the Centre provides clarity on the matter of water sharing, half of a total of 811 TMC of water should be given to Telangana. None of the older irrigation projects of the state, including the Dindi, Palamur-Rangareddy and Devadula works, are violating any norms or guidelines. As for the newer projects, we are ready to submit detailed project reports of each one to the Union Jal Shakti Minister. We should be able to get our share of the Krishna waters."
The senior official then added, "I am going through the new gazette notification
released by the Centre on the Krishna and Godavari Water Management Boards issued by the Centre. The partisan attitude of the Centre, visible through this notification, is being condemned by both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. While looking into administrative, technical and legal issues, we are also getting ready to fight at any level for our share of water."
He urged the officials to devote themselves to protecting Telangana's portion of the river waters.
Kumar then instructed the officials to prepare an action plan with guidelines to make efforts to get water for the state "despite the hurdles being created by the AP government".
The meeting was attended by engineers, legal experts and irrigation project officials.