Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat called for meeting of Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) to technically examine Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the new projects proposed by the Andhra Pradesh government to draw water from Srisailam reservoir on River Krishna.
The Andhra Pradesh Government has recently granted administrative sanction to lift 3 tmc of water from Srisailam Reservoir near Pothireddypadu.
In a reply to BJP Telangana President and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar the Union Jal Shakti minister said that he has the matter examined by the ministry and directed that a meeting of the KRMB be convened immediately and the DPRs of these projects be technically examined to see if they are as per the provisions mentioned regarding management of River Krishna waters in Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act 2014.
“Until then KRMB is directed to ask Andhra Pradesh to stop proceeding further on these projects,” he wrote.
The Minister also directed the officials of the ministry to immediately call for a meeting of Apex Council to discuss about the issue and also other matters pertaining to the utilisation of waters of River Krishna by both the states. Chief Ministers of both the States and the Union Minister for Jal Shakti are members of the Apex Council.