It looks like the chief ministers of the two Telugu States are firm on going ahead with their plan of taking Godavari river water to Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar reservoirs. It was initially agreed during the first meeting of the two chief ministers on June 28 and is being actively considered now, despite resistance from the experts and others from both the States.
AP chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy met his TS counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao in Pragati Bhavan on Thursday, hours before leaving for Jerusalem tour. The two chief ministers held prolonged discussions for three hours with the help of the officials of the two governments. The officials of the water resources departments from the two states too were present who have reportedly given a blue print of their proposed project. The officials have proposed three alternatives to lift water from Godavari and shift it to Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar reservoirs.
The project is opposed by the experts and representatives of the farmers from the two states. The AP fears that sharing a project with Telangana would deprive the state of its due share in Godavari water as the proposed project would be in the Telangana territory and AP would have no rights over that. The experts feel that the successive governments even in the undivided state could not bring Nagarjuna Sagar water to the Zone III of the left canal as the farmers of Nalgonda and Khammam always drew excess water depriving the farmers of the West Krishna district.
The states like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have inter-state river water disputes. The Haryana and Punjab too have similar problem in sharing river water. Knowing all these, if the AP and TS chief ministers plan a combined project, it would be disastrous for AP interests as there is nothing that the TS is losing since the project will in its territory.