The two Telugu chief ministers, who met in Hyderabad on Monday, have confirmed their project of linking Krishna and Godavari, together. The meeting, which last for nearly four hours, discussed mostly about the new project that both AP chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and his Telangana counterpart, K Chandrasekhar Rao, conceived, some time ago. The plan is to bring Godavari water to Krishan and fill the Srisailam and Nagarjuan Sagar reservoirs.
The plans are to give water to the drought prone Rayalaseema districts of Andhra Pradesh and Nalgonda and Mahaboobnagar districts of Telangana. In principle, the two chief ministers agreed to take forward this project, while minimising the land acquisition and loss to the public properties. The two chief ministers have decided to sit once again in the next month to give a final shape to the project.
The officials, in the meanwhile, were asked to come up with the detailed project report (DPR) and the designs for the project that brings the Godavari water first to Nagarjuna Sagar and then to Srisailam. This is shared between the two states in proportion to the expenditure that they incur. The officials of the water resources department from both the States would now sit together to prepare the DPR and the designs besides the financial estimates for the project.
Interestingly, the two chief ministers have also discussed about this project with the available MPs and MLAs from the two States. The chief ministers have reportedly briefed them the plan to take the Godavari water to Krishna and share it to the drought-prone areas of the two States. It is said that the MPs and MLAs have welcomed the project as that would benefit the people of the two States.
The two chief ministers have also reportedly agreed to the proposals made by the officials on sharing the assets and liabilities of the institutions listed in the Schedule IX and X of the AP Reorganisation Act. They have also formally accepted the sharing of the police and electricity employees between the two States. However, these issues would be finalised in the next meeting of the chief ministers.