The AP government has decided to file a writ petition in the Supreme Court to stop illegal usage of water from inter-state irrigation projects. The government will seek the apex court’s intervention to hand over the operation and maintenance of such projects, including Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar, to the Centre.
Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is believed to have given the green signal to the water resources department to file the writ petition, which will seek the Supreme Court’s direction to suspend the GO issued by the Telangana government targeting 100 per cent generation of power from hydro-electric stations located on the irrigation projects.
As per the Bachawat award, first priority should be given to drinking water followed by irrigation and water should not be released for power generation without fulfilment of both drinking and irrigation needs. The AP government is going to seek notifying of jurisdiction of Krishna River Management Board. The government is also going to complaint against the violation of KRMB guidelines by Telangana government.
AP has been alleging that Telangana is generating power from Srisailam, Nagarjuna Sagar and Pulichintala projects in violation of operation protocols. It has also accused Telangana of not paying heed to directives of Krishna River Management Board to stop the power generation.
The petition will also urge the apex court to issue directions to the Centre to immediately issue notification fixing the jurisdiction of KRMB. The plea will seek suitable instructions to the Centre to take over inter-state projects and deploy CISF personnel for the projects’ safety and security.
It will also seek all inter-state irrigation and power projects to be treated as national projects to avoid frequent disputes and legal litigations between the states on sharing of water and power. AP government is of the view that some states are frequently violating the judgments of tribunals and Supreme Court and going ahead with new projects, resulting in law and order issues between states.