Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday (July 5) accused the Krishna River Management Board of adopting a discriminatory attitude against the state and acting with a bias towards Telangana.
In his 4 page letter to Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the CM requested the former to prevail upon Telangana to at once stop the indiscriminate drawal of water solely for power generation.
“We have complained to the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti on a number of occasions the nature of Telangana leadership to violate all established norms, principles and procedures in vogue with the main intention to put the state of Andhra Pradesh in distress by depriving its due share of water,” Jagan said.
He alleged that Telangana continued to “blatantly violate the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014”.
The number of unauthorized projects being constructed by Telangana (on river Krishna) was also brought to the Ministry’s notice, he added.
“Inspite of repeated complaints and requests to prevail upon Telangana to stop execution of the unauthorized projects, without appraisal of detailed project reports by KRMB and scrutiny by the CWC, no effective steps have been taken so far,” the CM regretted.
He said the KRMB “has shown and been showing” discriminatory attitude against the interests of Andhra.
“KRMB acts swiftly on false complaints made by Telangana but ignores the genuine complaints of AP, though we have time and again requested it to act in a fair manner. KRMB, which is supposed to be a neutral body to safeguard the interests of both the member-states, is acting with a bias towards Telangana,” Jagan wrote.
Referring to a June 22 letter of the Jal Shakti Ministry wherein the KRMB was directed to place the issue of RLS site visit in the Board meeting for taking a decision as it involved the interests of both states, the CM said, ”Direct the KRMB to be neutral in its functioning. It may also be directed to first visit the sites of unauthorized projects under execution in Telangana before visiting RLS”.
The Chief Minister reiterated the request that the jurisdiction of KRMB be notified immediately and all water drawal, including water for irrigation, power and drinking water from Krishna reservoirs, be brought under its control.
Jagan also wanted CISF deployment at all the common reservoir sites for effective operation and maintenance.
(With inputs from PTI)