Thursday, January 12, 2017
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O.Pannerselvam met AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday on water issue.
Chandrababu Naidu has promised his counterpart to extend all possible help in addressing Chennai’s drinking water crisis. In the same breath, Chandrababu said the Krishna River Water Management Board would have to decide the quantum of water to be released by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana from the Telugu Ganga Project.
It may be recalled that the agreement to provide water to Chennai from Telugu Ganga project was entered into with Tamil Nadu government before bifurcation of the State. After bifurcation, both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States would have to honour the agreement.
Chandrababu said that Andhra Pradesh had already released 1 tmcft of water on January 9. The government would be able to release more after assessing the availability in Somasila and Kandaleru, he said. Chandrababu suggested his counterpart to mount pressure on the Centre to see to it that Karnataka and Maharashtra too released their share as per the 983 agreement.
AP Planning Board Vice Chairman C.Kutumba Rao speaking to media said that Chandrababu took up the issue of Rs.443 crore dues to be released from Tamil Nadu as its share for which Pannelselvam agreed to release some portion of it immediately.