Unilateral decision of AP Govt to construct a new lift irrigation scheme highly objectionable : CM

Unilateral decision of AP Govt to construct a new lift irrigation scheme highly objectionable : CM

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Hyderabad, May 12 : Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said that the unilateral decision of Andhra Pradesh government to construct a new lift irrigation scheme to lift Krishna water from Srisailam Project is highly objectionable. He said the decision taken by the AP government is against the AP State Reorganization Act. The Chief Minister declared that a legal fight would be initiated against the project to stop it, as it would severely affect the interests of Telangana.

Mr Rao instructed the officials concerned to file a complaint against the AP Government's decision in the Krishna Water Management Board on behalf of the Telangana government. He pointed out that taking a unilateral decision on the inter-state Srisailam project water issue, planning construction of a new project without the consent from the Apex Committee are the mistakes committed by the AP Government and made it clear the project would be stopped by the Telangana government and it would put in a fight without any compromise.

The AP government, which decided to construct a new Lift Irrigation project to lift 3 TMC of water from the Srisailam project, had already issued a GO in this regard. The Chief Minister held a high-level review meeting on this at Pragathi Bhavan here on Monday. Ministers Etela Rajender, Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Srinivas Goud, Niranjan Reddy, Jagdeesh Reddy, Puvvada Ajay, Rythu Bandhu Samithi State President Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Irrigation Advisor SK Joshi, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Irrigation Principal Secretary Rajath Kumar, E-in-C Sri Muralidhar, Advocate General BS Prasad, Additional AG Ramchander Rao, Legal Consultant Sri Ravindra Rao, Retired Engineers S Shyam Prasad Reddy, Chandramouli, CMO Secretary Ms Smita Sabharwal, OSD Sridhar Deshpande, Irrigation senior engineers participated.

A release from the Chief Minister's Office here late last night said they have discussed at length about the proposed project by the AP government. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said since the proposed project by the AP government was against the interests of the Telangana state, a legal battle would be initiated to raise the objection and thwart the project. (UNI)