Hyderabad, sept.30 : Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has convened a high-level meeting with the Water Resources Department (WRD) officials on Thursday at 2 PM at Pragathi Bhavan to discuss on the strategy to be adapted at the Apex Council meeting to be held on October 6. The CM has instructed the officials concerned to come with complete data and information on the Telangana State Water Resources Department and issues to be placed before the Central government.
“Andhra Pradesh state is intentionally creating disputes on the River water sharing. We have to give a befitting reply to the AP State’s arguments at the Apex Council meeting. Give an absolute clarity on issues so that the AP government will not raise the issues again in future. Take the opportunity to expose the seven years delay caused by the Centre and its inactive role on the matter. Oppose and reject the attempts made to undermine the rights of Telangana people. Utilise the Apex Council meeting to tell the whole country about the facts,” the CM said.
“Under the States Bifurcation Acts, whenever a new State is formed, it should be allocated its water share. The Telangana State was formed on June 2, 2014 and we wrote a letter to the Prime Minister on June 14, 2014. In the letter, we have requested for the allocation water to the Telangana State. We also stated that water could be allocated by constituting a Special tribunal under section (3) of the Inter State River Water Disputes Act 1956 or through the existing Tribunal. We also wanted the allocation water should be done between the Telangana State and AP or among the river basin states. Even after seven years, there was no response for the letter written to the PM. The Centre kept mum on the issue. Moreover, they are giving a picture that they were doing something by convening Apex Council meetings. But in reality, the Centre is not doing anything. In the Oct 6 Apex Council meeting take the Centre to task. Be firm in demanding that there should be absolute clarity on the allocation of water to the Telangana State,” the CM explained to the officials. The CM wanted the officials to prepare all arguments in support of the just demands of the Telangana State on the (NSS)