Jana Reddy blames both CMs for water row

HYDERABAD: Leader of the Opposition in Telangana Assembly K. Jana Reddy has blamed Chief Ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Nara Chandrababu Naidu respectively for their ongoing conflict over sharing Krishna water from Nagarjunasagar project.

Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, he urged the Centre to intervene and solve the crisis. He said even though the previous UPA government had clearly spelt out in the A. P. Reorganization Act the formulae for sharing river water between the two States, the Government at the Centre and those in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh had failed to implement them.

Terming the crisis as unfortunate the Congress leader condemned both the TRS and TDP governments for escalating the conflict and making lives of farmers vulnerable besides using police forces instead of solving disputes amicably.

He welcomed the high-level meeting of the Chief Ministers in the presence of the Governor ESL Narasimhan and urged them to come to solution through talks. He advised Telangana CM to consult all-party members to come to a best possible solution.

He accused the BJP government of remaining a passive spectator and the TDP and TRS parties of dragging their politics and regional sentiments into the problem.

Meanwhile, Congress MP, Gutha Sukhendar Reddy regretted that a new Krishna Water Managing Board (KWMB) was not constituted even after nine months because the Centre failed to formulate rules and regulations. He said about 2.5 lakh hectares of paddy was planted under the Nagarjunasagar left canal.

Farmers in the State needed water till April-end but the dam authorities were expressing helplessness in providing water for crops beyond March. He also blamed the Centre for not giving clarity on the KWMB administrative rules and regulations. (NSS)

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