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HYDERABAD: Water conservationist, Magsaysay and 2015 Stockholm Water Prize laureate Rajendra Singh on Friday supported the decision of the Union government to intervene in the water war between Telangana and AP.
He told TOI that Centre’s intervention was always necessary in such matters. “The Constitution too says that all such disputes should be resolved through legal network,” he said. “Our constitution asks Parliament to intervene when disputes persist between states.” He also welcomed the Centre’s move that the tribunals have the jurisdiction to preside over and resolve inter-state disputes. “The intervention through tribunals is very much justified,” Rajendra, known as the ‘Water man of India’, said. He said tribunals are part of judiciary and introducing intervention through tribunals was justified.
Senior counsel and Telangana state’s first advocate general K Ramakrishna Reddy said the Krishna and Godavari river water management tribunals were created as per sections 84 and 85 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act for the purpose of resolving disputes between the two successor states of Telangana and AP. He said asking these tribunals to preside over the affairs of water distribution and power generation was not wrong.
On the Centre’s decision to entrust the river water issues, irrigation projects and power generation to these tribunals, Reddy said it was the mandate of the law. “The AP Reorganisation Act is not an ordinary piece of legislation. It was made in tune with Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution. Its sections 84 and 85 ask both the states to resolve the disputes through the Centre and tribunals,” he said. He further said: “The notification issued by the central government in this regard is valid. The senior counsel said the Centre has got powers to do so under Article 262 of the Constitution.
Water conservationist Rajendra Singh welcomed the Centre’s move that the tribunals have the jurisdiction to preside over and resolve inter-state disputes

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