AP, K’taka plan revamp of Tungabhadra HLC

AP, K’taka plan revamp of Tungabhadra HLC

AP, K’taka Plan Revamp of Tungabhadra HLC, Joint Technical Expert Committee. Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh governments on Friday agreed to...

  • Expert panel to study modernisation of High Level Canal
  • First meeting on water sharing between 2 States after 25 yrs

Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh governments on Friday agreed to constitute a joint technical expert committee to study the modernisation of Tungabhadra High Level Canal (HLC) as the first step to resolve the long pending issue over Krishna river water sharing between two states. An official delegation led by State Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy and Major Irrigation Minister P Sudharshan Reddy met their counterparts in Bangaluru and discussed the utilization of flood water in Tungabhadra river, irrigation and drinking water supply to Anantapur district.

It was the first meeting held between the two governments on river water sharing after 25 years. Raghuveera said that the Central Water Tribunal was expected to deliver its judgement on Tungabhadra and Kirshna river water sharing between two states in a month. Based on the verdict, a technical expert committee would be set up to address all issues raised in the meeting.

Border issues

Stating that discussion on the long pending inter-state border dispute between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh was also discussed by the meeting, Raghuveera Reddy said Survey of India would conduct a survey on it and solve the issue amicably. The Karnataka government also assured the delegation that it would extend help to speed up the railway track development works taken up between Rayadurgam and Tumkuru. Earlier, the AP delegation called on Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and apprised him of the drought situation prevailing in Rayalaseema districts bordering with Karnataka as they failed to get water from Tungabhadra river.

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