‘Centre cannot usurp Telangana powers’: Minister T Harish | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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The actions of the jal shakti ministry by declaring the jurisdictions of KRMB and GRMB and taking over all the major and medium irrigation projects are nothing but encroaching upon the powers of Telangana. Irrigation is a state subject and is not in the concurrent list. The Centre cannot take over all the powers of the state.
The Telangana government has been fighting for its rightful share in Krishna waters seeking rectification of injustice meted out to Telangana region in unified AP. But, the Centre has done injustice to Telangana once again by issuing a gazette notification on Krishna and Godavari basins’ jurisdictions unilaterally. The ministry of jal shakti should have consulted the Telangana government and taken the opinion before finalising the jurisdiction.
There are no disputes on the irrigation projects built on Godavari river and there are no common projects also. Yet, the ministry chose to include 71 projects in Godavari basin under the purview of GRMB. Presently, of the total 811 tmcft of Krishna water, Telangana got only 299 tmcft in temporary allocation while 512 tmcft was allotted to AP. Telangana should have got 565 tmcft and the balance should go to AP.
CM K Chandrasekhar Rao had written several letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the jal shakti ministry to resolve the water issues. On the assurances given by Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat during the second apex council meeting held in October 2020, the state government had withdrawn cases in the Supreme Court and written a letter to the Centre. But, there was no response from the Centre. It seems the Centre has acted upon letters written by AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy who wanted the jal shakti ministry to take over all the projects on Krishna and Godavari rivers. BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay also sought a similar action from the Centre. Going by this, both Jagan and Sanjay influenced the Centre on issuing this gazette notification.
The writer is finance minister of Telangana.
(As told to Mahesh Koride)

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