TS cabinet to discuss KWDT award tomorrow

ts-cabinet-to-discuss-kwdt-award-tomorrowTelangana cabinet will be meeting on Friday to discuss the award given by Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal which refused to have a relook into its verdict given in 2010. The Tribunal made it clear that the water that was allotted to the undivided state, will now have to be shared by both the states.

Pleas of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been rejected.

The two Telugu states, which wanted a fresh look at the allocation following the bifurcation of the state, have expressed deep disappointment over the verdict by Brajesh Kumar-Tribunal.

R Vidyasagara Rao, Advisor to Telangana government said the verdict is disappointing and indicated that they may knock the doors of apex court against the Tribunal after having consultations with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao.

Telangana cabinet would deliberate on the issue tomorrow and may decide to file a petition in Supreme Court.

The Brijesh Kumar tribunal in its final award in November 2013 awarded 1,005 thousand million cubic feet (tmc) of Krishna water to combined Andhra Pradesh, 907 tmc to Karnataka and 666 to Maharashtra.

The tribunal also decided to distribute any surplus water among the three states, in a departure from an earlier oder of the tribunal that gave combined state of Andhra Pradesh the freedom to use the surplus water.

The latest award is binding till 2050.

With the case in the Supreme Court, the centre has put on hold the notification of the award and appointment of a Krishna Water Decision Implementation Board.

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have taken up seven projects based on surplus water to provide drinking water and irrigation at an estimated cost of Rs50,000 crore.

The future of these projects is now in a limbo.

“Telangana state was not born at the time of Krishna water allocation by the tribunal; a fresh reallocation could have given us a chance to represent and plead for our share of waters,” said R. Vidyasagar Rao.

“The court asked the two states to submit project wise claims for water allocation in the next hearing on 14 December,” said Dammalapati Srinivas, advocate general of Andhra Pradesh.

Karnataka welcomed tribunal’s order.

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