The Central Cabinet Committee has discussed several important issues related to river water allocation to Telangana state in the future.
The Central Water Resources minister will now act as the chairman of the Krishna, Godavari river water allocation boards. The Brijesh Kumar Tribunal term has been extended upto July 31. The tribunal has been overseeing Krishna water allocation. The recent recommendations of the tribunal have been strongly opposed by the Telangana region. The Andhra Pradesh government had gone to the Supreme Court asking for a review as the state’s bifurcation changes the ground realities and rights of regions on the river water of the area. The extension of the Brijesh tribunal will now ensure a re look into the complaints.
The Central government will constitute a high level recommendation body to oversee water distribution and planning of new projects. The Tungabhadra river water allocation board has been reconstituted including Telangana. The board catered to Karnataka and undivided Andhra Pradesh before.
Karnataka, particularly the Almatti project on the Krishna river has been a point of focus between Karnataka and erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. The Polavaram project planned on the Godavari will now be a bone of contention between Telangana and Andhra. Hence the river water allocation bodies and the central’s mediation becomes a very important setup for the new states.