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KRMB instructs AP Govt to stop RLIS

Hyderabad: The Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) has instructed the AP State government to stop Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme forthwith.

The Krishna River Management Board has also found fault with the AP Government for granting administrative sanctions to the construction of new projects on the Krishna River. KRMB Member Harikesh Meena has sent written instruction to the Special Chief Secretary (Irrigation) of the AP government.

The Board also warned the AP State government that it can’t go forward with the regard to construction of the projects without taking permission from the Central Water Commission (CWC).

The Telangana Government has lodged a complaint with the KRMB stating that proposed Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme to divert Krishna water from the Srisailam Project was in violation of the AP State Reorganisation Act. Against this backdrop, the KRMB in its response clearly stated that the AP State Government can’t construct projects illegally.

The Board found fault with the AP Government for giving administrative sanction to the Scheme, which is in violation of the Section 84, Para 7 of the conditions as enshrined in the AP Reorganisation Act.

The Board made it clear that for any new projects, a Detailed Project Report (DPR) should be submitted to the CWC and permission should be taken from the Apex Committee. The actions taken by the AP Government, which are in violation of this procedure, will be viewed as violation of the Act, the KRMB amply clarified. (INN)

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