New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday slated October 3 as the date for final hearing the controversy over building of inter-state Babli irrigation dam and execution of other projects on Godavari by Maharashtra, which Andhra Pradesh says would adversely affect its Telangana region.

After briefly hearing the submissions of the two states, a three-judge bench of justices RM Lodha, TS Thakur and AR Dave said it would examine the matter at length from October 3 and then pass appropriate directions.

Appearing for Andhra Pradesh, senior counsel K Parasaran told the bench that Maharashtra government was also executing 11 other irrigation projects on river Godavari, besides building Babli dam in violation of the Central Water Commission orders.

Andhra Pradesh has contended that if these projects are allowed to be executed, Telangana region will turn into a desert as they have the capacity to draw 65 tmc ft (thousand metric cubic feet) of additional water from the Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP).

Refuting Andhra Pradesh's allegations, Maharashtra's senior counsel T R Andhiarujina asserted that the state was utilising only the quantum of water allocated to it by the Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal.

The Babli project was constructed across river Godavari near Dharmabad taluk of Nanded district at cost of over Rs 300 crore to ensure drinking water needs to several parched regions of the State.

Andhra Pradesh has objected to the project stating it would badly affect the storage capacity of SRSP, which is the lifeline to north Telangana districts like Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Adilabad Warangal and other regions.


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