Hyderabad: Political parties in Andhra
Pradesh on Friday unanimously resolved to request Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh to find an "appropriate, quick and permanent"
solution to river water sharing dispute with upper riparian
states Karnataka and Maharashtra.
"As a lower riparian state Andhra Pradesh is being
deprived of its rightful share of river waters, as the upper
riparian states Karnataka and Maharashtra have been
constructing illegal irrigation projects on rivers Krishna and
Godavari respectively," they said.
"The upper riparian states have been constructing the
projects illegally without requisite clearances from the
Central Water Commission or the Government of India and also
in violation of Supreme Court orders.
"The Prime Minister should take this issue seriously and
find an appropriate, quick and permanent solution to the
problem," the resolution passed after an all-party meeting
held under Chief Minister K Rosaiah here, said.
Main Opposition TDP did not attend the meeting as only
one of its representative was allowed, but submitted a list of
suggestions to be incorporated in the memorandum to be given
to the PM when an all-party delegation meets him on July 26.
Briefing newspersons after the meet, Major Irrigation
Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah said the delegation would request
the Prime Minister to get the controversial Babhli irrigation
project in Maharashtra, which was "highly detrimental to AP`s
interests", stalled forthwith.