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Issue No.: 573 | March 2015
 

Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar Reservoirs

T. H. Chowdary
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The suggestion of the Government of Andhra Pradesh that the Central Government should take over the management and control of the Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar reservoirs and the use of these waters and their the distribution between the two states is most appropriate. Inter-state river water disputes are galore and remain unresolved for decades. We are going to face much more dissension among the riparian states over claims for increasing share of waters. 

There is the grand concept and scheme to link up all the rivers. If this project is implemented it can provide work for tens of millions of our unemployed. The melting waters of the mighty Himalayas will provide water for the entire Indian Territory. 

Just as we have national highways, state highways and Zilla Parishad roadways, we can have   national reservoirs, national canals, state canals and district canals. The Union Government should build the national reservoirs and national canal systems and distribute waters to different states, delivering them to the state reservoirs. It will be for the states to distribute their share within their territories. 

This can be the only right solution. This is just like our National Power Grid (NPG) into which various private and public power generating companies load their power generated by them, and the NPG delivers it to different states; it is also like the national telecom network work and the national rail system. 

Dr. T. H. Chowdary, Chairman, Pragna Bharati, Hyderabad. Hanuman
Chowdary@tcs.com
 
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