Minister for Major and Medium Irrigation P. Sudarshan Reddy has said that the farming community in Sri Ram Sagar Project ayacut need not be worried in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment on Babli project as the government is committed to protecting their interests under any circumstances.
The government will think about how best it can act on the controversial Babli project after thoroughly studying the Apex Court decision and reviewing it with irrigation and legal experts, he said, calling upon the Opposition not to politicise the issue in the larger interests of farmers.
Reacting to the judgment here on Friday, the Minister said, as of now, he was in receipt of only the “summary copy” and more details were required to authoritatively comment on the implications of the decision. However, he said the government would take all measures to see to it that Maharashtra does not draw more water than what was specified by the court.
Fielding a barrage of questions from mediapersons, Mr. Sudarshan Reddy said that the court was directed to allocate only 2.74 tmcf of water to Maharashtra through the Babli project, which was just 1.65 tmcf additional water than what the Andhra Pradesh government had conceded to allocate (1.09 tmcf) during the course of its arguments in the Supreme Court. As per the court decision, the entire water allocated to Babli needs to be taken from the allocations (60 tmcf) made to Maharashtra from the Godavari River.