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Andhra Pradesh Government Moves Supreme Court Against Telangana Government in Dispute Over Sharing of Krishna River Water

Lawstreet Journal 16 Jul 2021 6:49pm

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The state of Andhra Pradesh has filed a writ petition with the Supreme Court regarding a water-sharing dispute with the state of Telangana.

The writ petition requests that the Union of India notify the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) of its jurisdiction pursuant to Section 87 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. It also requested that KRMB follow the decision of the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal (KWDT-I) until their jurisdiction is recognised.

The KWDT decision, made under Sections 5(2) and 5(3) of the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 (Act, 1956), granted the erstwhile State of Andhra Pradesh the liberty to use surplus flows above 75 percent dependable flows, but without any right to do so. The allocation to the former state of AP was 800 TMC, and the return flows totaled 811 TMC.

This decision was upheld by the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal II in 2004. (KWDT-II).Following the 2014 division of the erstwhile State of Andhra Pradesh into the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the two states agreed that the 811 TMC allocation made by the KWDT-I would be apportioned in such a way that the State of Telangana would receive 299 TMC and the State of Andhra Pradesh would receive 512 TMC. This agreement (2015 Agreement) was previously signed and is being monitored by KRMB.

The current petition stems from an allegation that the State of Telangana is indiscriminately drawing water for power purposes, in violation of the Reservoirs' integrated operation rules and the provisions… Continue Reading...


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