On the 21st of July, the Union Jal Shakti Ministry extended the tenure of Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal (KWDT.)
Formed in 2004, the KWDT was there to resolve the water sharing issues between Maharashtra, Karnataka and the then combined states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as A.P. After working for 6 years, in 2010, the Government of India (GoI) dissolved the KWDT, which was again revived in 2011.
The revival of the tribunal was due to the objections raised by the government of three states against the dissolvement of the tribunal. It is to be noted, after the revival, the term of the KWDT was to end on the 1st of August 2021, which now has been extended to August 2022. The major reason to extend the tenure of the KWDT II, formed by the Centre is to resolve the water sharing issue between the two Telugu states, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Both the states are having intensified fights over the usage of the Krishna River water. In regard to this, the two state governments wrote several letters to the Union Jal Shakti Ministry and demanded intervention.
The announcement regarding the extended tenure came after the Telangana Government recently wrote to the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) demanding 50 % use of the Krishna River water.
According to sources, as of now, the water sharing ratio between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is 66:34, based on infrastructure, land and agriculture, drought prone area and population.
Meanwhile, the KWDT and KRMB would now work to resolve the issue between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Stay tuned for further updates.
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