Monday, September 28, 2009

State to see CWDT on Hogenakkal issue

State to see CWDT on Hogenakkal issue
State to see CWDT on Hogenakkal issue

Express News Service
First Published : 30 Jul 2009 04:04:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 30 Jul 2009 10:46:10 AM IST

: Karnataka will appear before the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) and put Tamil Nadu government’s stand and activities regarding the Hogenakkal water supply project for its consideration, Minister for Water Resources Basavaraj Bommai told the Legislative Council on Wednesday.

Discussions in this regard had been held with senior advocate Fali S Nariman - the state’s counsel on the Cauvery water dispute, the minister said.

The statements came, after Leader of the Opposition V S Ugrappa and others, charged the government with going slack on the issue.

The Opposition sought to know, why the government had sufficed with sending official letters to Tamil Nadu and the Centre and not brought a stay in the Supreme Court or the CWDT.

Earlier, responding to members’ queries, Bommai noted that Karnataka had made known its objection to the Hogenakkal project through letters written to the Tamil Nadu government and the Centre over February and March, 2008.

The joint survey on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border at Hogenakkal, which was initiated earlier, did not progress due to non-co-operation by Tamil Nadu officials, the minister said.

Tanks revival

Responding to another query on the drinking water crisis in Kolar, Minister for Minor Irrigation Govind M Karjol, said that Srinivasapura and Bangarpet had also been included under the Jala Samvardhane Yojane Sangha (JSYS) - tanks revival project.

Extensive work had taken place in Kolar under Jala Samvardhane Yojane Sangha.

The inclusion of the two taluks had meant the addition of 167 tanks - Srinivasapura (72) and Kolar (95), Minister for Minor Irrigation Govind M Karjol declared.

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