Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
30-August-2012 19:21 IST
Illegal Water Projects
The Govt. of Andhra Pradesh vide their letter dated 27.5.2005 brought to the notice of Central Water Commission (CWC) that Government of Maharashtra had taken up construction of 11 new barrages across main river Godavari including Babhali Barrage close to the fringe of Sriram Sagar reservoir in Andhra Pradesh in violation of the inter-state agreement dated 6.10.1975 between the two States. In this connection, last stage inter-State meeting was proposed by CWC in May, 2010 to resolve the issue. The meeting was not held as Government of Maharashtra informed that the matter of utilization of 60 TMC of Godavari waters by Maharashtra is sub-judice in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and as such, it is not appropriate to hold any meetings in this regard. A proposal namely Upper Krishna Project Stage-III, Karnataka for utilization of 130.9 TMC of water in accordance with decision of Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal (KWDT)-II from Almatti Reservoir which involves raising FRL of Dam from 519.6 m to 524.256 m has been received. The proposal is not acceptable since the allocation of 130.9 TMC against which the water is proposed to be utilized is not made in the decision of KWDT-I.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Water Resources and Minority Affairs Shri Vincent H. Pala in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.