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KCR and Jagan to meet again in July on Godavari water issue

AP Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam said on Sunday that Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy are expected to meet in Amaravati in mid-July to resolve river water sharing issues.

The next meeting would be a follow-up to last week’s one on water sharing held by both chief ministers.

Following the meeting with Jagan last week, KCR said that both Governments will be working together on unresolved issues. Engineers and officials from both governments were even asked to produce a preliminary report on how they can use the Godavari river water together by July 15.

Both the CM’s are expected to study the report and decide on how to tackle the issue forward.

In the previous meeting, Jagan indicated that the government had decided strongly to use Godavari water for the purpose of mitigating water issues in the Rayalaseema area in AP and Palamuru Nalgonda in Telangana, and said that four Godavari water TMC projects should be carried out into Nagarjuna Sagar and Srisailam to provide water, drinking and irrigation to various regions. Senior officials said that they were resolved.

Senior officials led by chief secretaries from both sides discussed the division of assets one day after the meeting between the CM’s. They discussed the division of Andhra Pradesh Bhavan property, institutions listed in Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act Schedules 9 and 10, and the division of other properties among other issues.

While five years have gone since the bifurcation of the government in 2014, there are several problems pending owing to a lack of consensus among the two States, including the division of assets and liabilities between the states.