The Krishna District Water Users Associations Federation strongly opposed the Andhra Pradesh States Reorganisation Bill 2013 because it did not give any details about the allocation of river waters.

The federation general secretary T. Lakshmana Rao and president A.V.Gopala Krishna Rao, in a statement here on Thursday, said the bill was the outcome of the vested interests of the Central and the State governments.

Desertification threat

They said lakhs of acres in Seemandhra region would be turned into desert if the bill was approved as it is.

They said that there would be no use of the proposed River Water Regulatory Board consisting of the Chief Ministers of the two new States and the Union Minister for Water Resources.

They said that only a regulatory board with powers akin to the Election Commission with sweeping powers would be effective, they said.

They said that the Water User’s Federation was going to implead itself into the writ petition filed by the State government with regard to the injustice done to the State in the distribution of the Krishna river waters to Andhra Pradesh.

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