Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday appointed senior advocates Harish Salve, K Parasaran and
G Umapathy to represent the state in appeal against the latest
award of Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal, in the Supreme Court
as well as before the Tribunal.
The state government has decided to contest the KWDT`s
award of December 30, whereby water-shares of the three
riparian states -- Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
-- were fixed.
The government had announced in the Assembly last week
that it would file appeal against the award.
The state feels the Tribunal`s award is against its
interests, as it has lost the right of utilisation of more
than 130 tmc ft of surplus water. The other major issue is the
permission given to Karnataka for raising the height of
Almatti dam to 524.5 metres from 519 metres.
"The state has to seek clarifications on several matters
before the Tribunal under section 5(3) of ISRWD Act, 1956,
before March 30," Principal Secretary (Irrigation Projects)
Shailendra Kumar Joshi said in the appointment-order today.
While all the three lawyers would argue the state`s case
in the Supreme Court, Parasaran and Umapathy would also appear
before the Tribunal.