Hyderabad: The Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) on Thursday directed the Andhra Pradesh government to immediately stop works on the Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme. The Board took the decision after the neighbouring State went ahead and granted administrative sanctions for several projects on river Krishna without necessary approvals from the KRMB, Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Apex Council.

In a letter to the principal secretary of irrigation, government of AP, KRMB member Harikesh Meena cautioned the government not to initiate any works on the proposed project without sanctions from the CWC.

Telangana government has already registered a complaint with the KRMB against the proposed project diverting Krishna water from Srisailam reservoir stating that the project negates the provisions of the 2014 Bifurcation Act.

The Board also mentioned that the project was against the provisions of section 84, Para 7 of the Act which stipulates that any new project proposed by either State must seek clearance from the KRMB, CWC and the Apex Council by submitting all Detailed Project Reports (DPR). The Board found fault with AP for not following the norms and further warned the government that any violation can be construed as against the law.

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