Bangalore: Karnataka on Thursday hailed the Krishna
Water Dispute Tribunal order on water sharing,describing it as
a "New Year gift" to the people of the state which has
responded to its long felt demand.
The award has fulfilled a major demand of the state to
increase the height of the Alamatti Dam built across the
river in Bijapur district to 524 metres from 519 metres, Law
Minister S Suresh Kumar told reporters.
Reacting to the tribunal order pronounced today, he said
"Justice Brijesh Kumar has responded to our long felt demand."
He said Karnataka has been allocated 177 tmc feet of
surplus Krishna water as against 181 tmc feet to Andhra
Pradesh,both of which are riparian states along with
Karnataka will react to the issue on surplus water
allocation after studying the report,he said.
Suresh Kumar said the state will have no difficulty in
honouring the tribunal order to release 8-10 tmc ft to
Andhra Pradesh during June-July every year.