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AP to file plea in SC against  new regulations of KWDT-2

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PNS | Vijayawada

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has instructed government officials to take action to safeguard the State’s rights in the allocation of Krishna River water.

The Chief Minister held a high-level meeting to discuss the recent regulations issued by the central government regarding Krishna River water allocation. During the meeting, it was decided that Andhra Pradesh would file a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court in response to these regulations.

The Chief Minister and his team discussed the previous allocations of Krishna River water and expressed concerns about the recent judgment, which they believe is not in the best interest of the state. Government officials argued that the regulations issued by the central government are in violation of the State Reorganisation Act and Section 89, which require adherence to water allocations made before the state was divided.

They also pointed out that these regulations were issued despite pending petitions before the Supreme Court and are contrary to the Inter-State River Disputes Act. Furthermore, officials argued that considering the water transfers made by Andhra Pradesh from the Polavaram project to another basin in the Godavari River, it is not fair to allocate additional water from the Krishna River to Telangana, as it would result in a loss for the state.

In response, Chief Minister Jagan said that protecting the State’s interests is of utmost importance, and there can be no compromise on this matter. Additionally, he instructed officials to write letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah regarding the recent regulations issued by the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal – Phase 2 (KWDT-2).

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