The two Telugu States – Telangana and Andhra Pradesh – have decided to take steps to effectively harness river water to cater to the needs of people. A meeting of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his AP counterpart Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy resolved to set aside differences relating to river water sharing that persisted for years and take a relook at the situation for optimum utilisation of the available water in the interest of people of the two States.

As expected, Mr Rao and Mr Reddy focussed on the river water sharing during the first two hours of the meeting that started at 11 am on Friday. The two Chief Ministers averred that the focus henceforth would be on joint effort to ensure that the two States were benefited. The deliberations focused on diversion of Godavari water to the Srisailam project as it was considered a lasting solution for mitigating the water woes of Rayalaseema districts of AP and Nalgonda and Mahabubnagar districts of Telangana.