Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis will sign an MoU on the inter-state barrages Medigadda, Tummadi Hatti and Chanaka-Korata at an inter-state river board meeting in Mumbai on July 15.
Despite suggestions by the irrigation experts and protests from the Opposition parties on these inter-state projects, the state government is going ahead with its plans.
The TS government has finally succeeded in convincing Maharashtra government for giving its approval for Tummadi Hatti and Medigadda barrages.
Though, the inter-state board meeting is supposed to be held in Hyderabad, the venue has been shifted to Mumbai for the convenience of Maharashtra chief minister.
As per the understanding between the two states, the MoU will be signed for the construction of Medigadda at a height of 101 metres and Tummadi Hatti at a height of 148 metres. The MoU will be signed in Sahyadri guest house in Mumbai.
“The signing of the agreement is historic in the context of Telangana,” irrigation minister T Harish Rao said on Monday confirming the date of MoU as July 15. Though, Maharashtra agreed to 101 metres height for Medigadda barrage, the state government has decided to erect gates up to 100 metres only.
Last week, Harish Rao called on his Maharashtra counterpart Girish Mahajan in Mumbai and finalised the deal.
The survey on Medigadda barrage, which is coming up as part of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation project, was completed in April. Only 55 hectares of lands in Sironcha Taluk in Maharashtra will submerge under Medigadda.
As part of Kaleshwaram LI project, the state government conceived three barrages Medigadda, Annaram and Sundilla. Both Annaram and Sundilla will be located in Telangana terrain, whereas Medigadda will submerge lands in Maharashtra. That is the reason both the states have to sign an agreement.