YSRCP chairman YS Jaganmohan Reddy met here on Saturday with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, during which the latter voiced trust that Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will continue to have friendly ties.
Jagan, who won the latest Andhra Pradesh assembly elections was elected as the leader of the YSRCP Legislature Party, after which he and his wife met KCR on Saturday at Pragathi Bhawan.
Both leaders have agreed to have a meeting with officers from both states to discuss pending issues.
KCR stated that Telangana’s strategy is to keep friendly ties with its neighbors. He said both states would thrive in all factors if water from the Rivers Godavari and Krishna were used efficiently.
Speaking on the context KCR said, “It was our goal right from the start to keep friendly and cordial ties with neighbouring states. I went to Maharashtra and met with Chief Minister Sri Devendra Fadnavis. Personally, I took the initiative to resolve the water conflicts which held up construction of projects, between the two states. I said our policy was going to be live and let live. I also said that both States will benefit by resolving conflicts. Maharashtra State has come forward to partner with this”
“We were able to build Kaleshwaram and other projects as a result. Our policy would be to maintain similar relationships with the present Andhra Pradesh State as well. Let’s act in such a way that both states will benefit,” he said.
“From River Godavari, about 3,500 TMC of water flows into the sea every year. Telangana State can make use of a maximum of 700-800TMC of water only. Rest of the water, Andhra Pradesh can make use of. Water from Godavari River may be diverted through gravity through Prakasham Barrage to Somasila project. With this, the entire Rayalaseema could be converted into fertile fields. With just two lifts the Godavari Water could be supplied to Rayalaseema. The Andhra Pradesh farmers may be provided with irrigated water by making use of River Godavari water,” he added.