The Apex council meeting on Krishna river held in New Delhi on Wednesday decided for setting up telemetry systems for water gauging on river Krishna to provide up to date data on flow of water in the river.
The council under the Chairpersonship of Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti also decided to constitute joint teams for river basin study of both the states. The joint teams will have experts from both the States and Centre. The teams will give their report about water sharing which will be forwarded to Krishna tribunal for speedy decision.
Briefing media after the meeting, Uma Bharti said that the meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere. She said both the states will continue consultation on official levels on other related issues. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu and Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrashekar Rao.
Uma Bharati said that the two states agreed on three important issues and two issues can be dealt between AP and TS among themselves. Regarding Krishna water sharing, the issue will be discussed while discussing the water sharing between Karnataka and Maharashtra. She said that based on the availability of water, the same will be distributed based on the recommendations of a committee to be set up comprising engineers and irrigation experts of two states.
The Union Minister said that the committee would submit recommendations and based on this and on the verdict of the tribunal the State should go ahead with the projects.