Intensify legal fight for Pattiseema share: Harish

Hyderabad: Telangana Government is fighting tooth and nail through a legal fight for achieving its share of 45 TMC waters from Pattisema as the Centre is remaining silent, Irrigation Minister T Harih Rao has said.

He was talking in the council on the issue and said that it was decided to intensify the fight for the rightful share of waters from Pattiseema. Andhra Pradesh Government got 100 TMC from Pattiseema and TS is yet to get its share of 45 TMC, he said. As injustice is being meted out to the new state it will continue the legal battle he asserted. Harish expressed displeasure at the centre for not able to take steps to protect the interests of our state despite repeated reminders.

Talks with the Centre and Krishna Tribunal failed to take steps to provide 45 TMC to Telangana he said. Harish also said that Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati and Nitin Gadkari also failed to take steps followed by repeated appeals in this regard, he said. He said that the state government will continue its fight at Supreme Court and also Brijesh Kumar Tribunal for its share of waters in Pattiseema in Andhra Pradesh.

Stating that the people of Hyderabad are need not worry as 5 tmc waters preserved for drinking purpose he said that efforts are on to ensure irrigation waters to tail end crops by completing related works. Harish said that Mahabubnagar which is noted for migration, hunger and drought is now getting back to past glory of greenery with abundant waters to crops as lakes are filled with waters under lakes revival program. We have irrigated 2.50 lakh acres using 27 TMC waters and spending crores of funds for other projects in all districts.

The minister said that 95 per cent of NSP modernisation works are complete, Rs 3000 cr being spent for previous Adilabad district for irrigation projects and will increase water allocation to Kalwakurty besides shifting Kaleshwaram waters to Narayanakhed. By next rainy season, NSP works will be completed and steps will be taken to provide irrigation waters to Khammam and Nalgonda through left canal.

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