Buoyed by the historic agreement, Telangana Chief minister has offered to throw a bash for his Maharashtra counterpart and invited him to Hyderabad to taste the world-famous Biryani.
After the signing ceremony, the CMs of both states K Chandrasekhara Rao and Fadnavis held a joint press conference. Mr. Rao conveyed his special thanks to his counterpart and also the state governor -Ch. Vidya sagar Rao who played a crucial role in finalization of the agreement. Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao said: “We are ready to take up construction of Medigadda barrage, if given a go-ahead by Maharashtra, immediately even as talks could continue on deciding the height of the barrage at mutually agreeable level. However, my request to Maharashtra is to keep in mind that higher the storage capacity of the barrage, larger the benefits to farmers of both the States without causing much submergence”.
Later, Mr KCR invited Mr. Fadnavis, Water Resources Minister of Maharashtra G.D. Mahajan and officials of the Irrigation Department to Hyderabad for the next meeting of the inter-state board to discuss and decide upon the levels of Medigadda and Tummidihatti barrages.
KCR also welcomed Fadnavis to Hyderabad to taste the city’s special ‘dum biryani’
On the circumstances that led to the MoU, the Maharashtra Chief Minister said efforts have been on between Maharashtra and the then combined Andhra Pradesh State for an agreement on Godavari waters since October 1975. “When neighbouring countries establish good relations, why can’t two States”, he asked.