Telangana to hold talks with Karnataka over irrigation scheme

Telangana govt hasn’t able to provide irrigation facility to its farmers through the Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme


Hyderabad: The Telangana government would hold talks with Karnataka on 28 April on the inter-state Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme (RDS) irrigation project.

Telangana irrigation minister T. Harish Rao would go to Bengaluru to hold parleys with his Karnataka counterpart M.B. Patil, a government release said in Hyderabad on Saturday. The Telangana government has been not able to provide irrigation facility to its farmers through the RDS for various reasons, it said.

The works proposed in undivided Andhra Pradesh have not been taken up since the last three years. Though Telangana is entitled to utilise 15.9 TMC of water from RDS, it is not getting even 5 to 6 TMC, it said.

Rao had taken up the matter with Patil, who invited him to Bengaluru for talks, the release added. RDS is built across River Tungabhadra in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh and Raichur district of Karnataka. The inter-state barrage supplies water to Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.