KCR protests Centre’s plan to takeover irrigation projects

K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Telangana Chief Minister, criticized the Centre for trying take over the state’s irrigation projects.

He stated to the Assembly that this was a matter of self-respect for the state and asked the Centre to delay implementation of the gazette notification.

He stated that if the Centre implemented the notification by October 16, he would send an all-party delegation with him to New Delhi.

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Akbaruddin Owaisi suggested that a multi-party delegation meet with the Prime Minister to discuss the issue.

KCR, as Chief Minister is commonly known, stated that he brought up the matter during meetings with the Prime Minster, the Home Minister, and the Jal Shakti minister last month. They all claimed that they gave assurances that the notification would not be implemented.

“They intend to implement it starting October 16. They said they would implement it by October 16. I asked them to postpone it. They gave me the assurance. He said, “Let us see what happens.”

KCR stated that neighbouring Andhra Pradesh caused some problems with the sharing of river water, which led to the Centre issuing this notification.

On July 15, the Union Jal Shakti Ministry issued the notification for taking over all existing and completed medium and major irrigation projects on the Krishna and Godavari rivers in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh.

Last month, the ministry increased efforts to implement the notification. To finalize the modalities, a meeting was held between the Chairmen of both the Krishna River Management Board and the Godavari River Management Board. Two chief engineers were appointed by the ministry to head two boards that will oversee the implementation and notification of the gazette.