On 14th July 2021, the State of Andhra Pradesh led by CM Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has filed a petition against the State of Telangana before the Supreme Court. The plea through Advocate Mahfooz A. Nazki alleges that the Telangana Government has deprived the legitimate share of drinking and irrigation water to the people of Andhra Pradesh. The petition has sought Court’s intervention in handing over the maintenance of the projects like Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar to the centre.
The petition contends that Telangana has violated the binding award also known as the Bachwat Award that was made on 31.05.1976, and expressed provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014. Later on, the States bifurcated into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on 2nd June 2014, and now Telangana is violating the said award.
Furthermore, the plea submitted that such acts are unconstitutional and violate the right to life of Andhra Pradesh’s citizens enshrined in Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. Moreover, due to serious depletion of water quantity in the Srisailam Dam project as well as other projects such as the Nagarjuna Sagar project and the Pulichintala project, people of Andhra Pradesh are facing immense hardships.
Section 87 of the 2014 Act deals with the jurisdiction of Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) jurisdiction and mentions that the Board shall ordinarily exercise jurisdiction on “Godavari and Krishna River in regard of any use of the projects over headwork’s, part of the canal network and transmission lines necessary to deliver water or power to the concerned state”. However, section 87 (1) states that the KRMB can exercise its jurisdiction in such matters only if the Central Government has notified them. But no such notification has been issued.
Thus, the petition seeks direction from the Central Government concerning the issue of notification regarding fixing the jurisdiction of the KRMB.