Godavari waters

Maharashtra-Telangana disputes may come to an end

godavari The Telangana government has proposed building five barrages across Godavari river and its sub-basins Penganga and Pranahita | via Commons

The state governments of Telangana and Maharashtra are all set to sign agreements on riparian rights over sharing of Godavari waters on March 8. With this, decades-old conflicts for water will come to an end.

According to the draft agreement, five barrages are proposed across Godavari river and its sub-basins Penganga and Pranahita.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Phadnavis has made a telephonic conversation with his Telangana counterpart K. Chandrasekhar Rao and conveyed his resolve to end the stalemate over the proposed construction of certain inter-state projects on Godavari river, benefiting both the States.

As per the agreements, new barrages would be constructed at Chanaka-Korata, Pinpahad and Rajapeta across Penganga; at Tummidihette across Pranahita; and Medigadda across Godavari.

Out of the five barrages, Maharashtra would construct the ones proposed at Rajapeta and Pinpahad, while the rest would be undertaken by Telangana government.

The barrage at Medigadda across Godavari would be constructed as part of Kaleswaram project. Annaram and Sundilla projects would also be taken up along with this.

These projects have received administrative sanctions from Telangana government. However, proposals to construct irrigation projects on Godavari, Pranahitha and Penganga are still pending.

Though Maharashtra government had been raising objections against the Pranahitha-Chevella project, the KCR government has started redesigning it to avoid interstate water disputes. The Centre-owned Water and Power Consultancy Company (WAPCOS) is entrusted with redesigning the project.

After holding elaborate discussions, the Maharashtra government has realised that the projects being constructed by Telangana would not hinder its interests.

The agreements, if signed by both the governments, would be historic.

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