Maharashtra, Telangana sign pact to resolve long standing river water dispute
The pact to build irrigation projects will help in ending a long-standing dispute between Telangana and Maharashtra on utilization of Godavari water.
Telangana and Maharashtra government on 23 August 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to start work on three barrages- Tummidi Hatti on Pranhita River, Medigadda on Godavari River and Chanaka-Korata on Painganga River.
The MoU was inked after a meeting between Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.
Highlights of the MoU
• The approval for these 3 projects was given on the recommendations of the Inter-State Board of Maharashtra and Telangana that had been set up for the purpose.
• All expenses for these projects will be borne by Telangana government and not a single village of Maharashtra will be submerged.
• More than thirty thousand hectares of land in Chandrapur, Gadchiroli and Yavatmal will come under irrigation because of these barrages.
This MoU to construct irrigation projects will help in ending the long standing water dispute on water utilization of Godavari River and its tributaries between the two states.
Inter-state water board
The two states constituted the inter-state water board in March 2016. The board had 23 members each from both the states including their respective chief ministers.
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