On July 15th, the Union Jal Shakti Ministry issued a notification to take over all the completed and ongoing major and medium irrigation projects on Krishna and Godavari rivers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. They even announced that they plan to implement this from October 16th, and had even begun related works on it. The ministry appointed two chief engineers each for two boards to oversee the implementation of the gazette notification.
KCR has today opposed this decision by the Centre, in the assembly, saying that the Centre’s decision to take over these irrigation projects is a threat to the self-respect of the states. He said that he would take an all-party delegation to Delhi if the Centre decides to implement the gazette notification. He even accepted the idea proposed by AIMIM’s Chief Owaisi, who said that an all-party delegation should be taken to the Prime Minister.
KCR said that he requested the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Jal Shakti Minister to postpone the implementation of the gazette, to which he said that they reassured him that they would do so, due to the problems caused by the AP government over the water disputes between AP and Telangana.