Telangana & Maharashtra sign historic water pact

Raj Kamal Rao
Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

Telangana CM K Chandra Sekhar Rao & Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis signed a MoU to construct five barrages on Penganga and Godavari rivers.

This MoU will pave way for Telangana and Maharashtra governments to take up irrigation projects across Godavari and its tributaries.

In a joint meeting held in Mumbai on Tuesday, both states established the Godavari water board and signed agreements to outline the water sharing formula.

Addressing the press after signing the agreement, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said ‘his agreement will provide water to both states and help farmers.’

“ We will work together for the welfare of two states. We are one country, we should not fight for water”  said Maharashtra CM.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao called the agreement a landmark decision in Indian history. He said, ‘it is happening for the first time that two states are jointly forming a board to decided and implement water sharing’.

“Our separate state movement revolved around water shortage. This agreement is historic, I am thankful to Maharashtra CM,” Rao added.

It is a first of its kind measure to resolve inter-state water dispute between governments headed by two different parties through negotiations.

As per the agreement, Telangana will construct three barrages on Godavari and and Maharashtra will construct two barrages on the same river.

The five proposed projects include Kaleswaram, a barrage at Rajapet on Penganga, a barrage between Chankha-Kovata, a barrage at Penpahad and another one at Tammidihatti on Pranahita River in Aliabad district. A barrage will also be built at Medigadda in Karimnagar district.

Maharashtra will take up the projects at Rajapet and Penpahad, while Telangana will build the remaining three barrages.

According to sources Tummadihatti barrage will be 148 meters long and Medigadda barrage of 103 meters.

A delegation comprising of state water resources minister T Harish Rao and Telangana Government advisors R Vidayasagar Rao and D Srinivas among others called on the Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao who had played a crucial role in bringing the two Chief Ministers across the table to resolve the inter-state dispute.