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AP knocks SC doors over illegal use of water from inter-state irrigation projects

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New Delhi, Jul 14 (ILNS) The state of Andhra Pradesh has filed a petition before the Supreme Court to stop illegal usage of water from inter-state irrigation projects.

The plea, filed through Advocate Mahfooz A Nazki, stated that in the Srisailam Dam project, the reservoir’s quantity has seriously depleted on account of the use of water from its generation of power in Telangana. The AP government requested Telangana to stop the same, but it was not complied with. The actions of the Telangana government are unconstitutional and in violation of the right to life of the people of Andhra Pradesh, the plea alleged.

It also accused the Telangana government of not paying heed to the directives of Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) to stop power generation, refusing to follow the decisions taken in the Apex Council constituted under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

The petition further submitted that Section 87 deals with the ‘Jurisdiction of Board’ and stipulates that the Board shall ordinarily exercise jurisdiction on ‘Godavari and Krishna rivers in regard to any of the projects over headworks’.

It was stated that KRMB can exercise jurisdiction only in respect of such aspects, as are notified by the Central Government, but no such notification has been issued till date.

“More significantly, the State of Telangana is clearly in violation of a binding Award, popularly known as ‘Bachwat Award’ made on May 31, 1976 and express provisions of the 2014 Act, whereby the State of Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh,” the petition read.

The plea sought the apex court’s intervention to hand over the operation and maintenance of such projects, including Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar, to the Andhra Pradesh Government.

The petition urged the top court of the country to issue directions to the Centre for immediate issuing of notification, fixing the jurisdiction of KRMB. The plea further sought instructions to the Centre to take over inter-state projects and deploy CISF personnel for the projects’ safety and security and all inter-state irrigation and power projects to be treated as national projects, to avoid frequent disputes and legal litigation between the states on sharing of water and power. ILNS/SS/RJ/SNG

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