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Sharing of River Waters

Sharing of River Waters

Context:

A Regional Conference on Water Resources of Southern States viz Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and UT of Puducherry was organised at Hyderabad   

Addressing outstanding water resources issues:

  • Cauvery-Godavari link project to divert surplus water of Godavari river to Cauvery river through Godavari (Akinepalli)-Cauvery (Grand Anicut) link project
  • The proposal consists of construction of a barrage across Godavari River at Akinepalli in Telangana. The surplus Godavari waters available at proposed Akinepalli barrage is envisaged to be lifted by a height of 132m in 3 stages for transfer to existing Nagarjunasagar reservoir across Krishna.  
  • Mahanadi-Godavari-Krishna-Pennar-Cauvery-Vaigai-Gundar linking scheme has been identified as the “nine link system” which will benefit the Southern States.  
  • Basin wise approach would be adopted to resolve issues among the basin states by convening Basin-wise meetings. 
  • The Regional Conference will be organized in other regions of the country to address outstanding water resources issues including inter-State issues.

The Inter State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017

  • The Inter State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which amends the Inter State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 was introduced in Lok Sabha on 14.03.2017 
  • The Bill envisages constituting a standalone Tribunal with permanent establishment and permanent office space and infrastructure so as to obviate with the need to set up a separate Tribunal for each water dispute which is invariably a time-consuming process.
  • The proposed amendments in the Bill will speed up the adjudication of water disputes referred to it.

List of major Inter-State Water disputes

  1. Godavari Water Disputes - Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh & Odisha
  2. Krishna Water Disputes- Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka
  3. Narmada Water Disputes- Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra
  4. Ravi & Beas Water - Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan
  5. Cauvery Water Disputes- Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puduchery
  6. Krishna Water Disputes- Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra
  7. Vansadhara Water Disputes- Andhra Pradesh &Odisha
  8. Mahadayi Water Disputes- Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra

 

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