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Karnataka mulls legal steps on Hogenakkal project

Last Updated: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 21:50

Bangalore: Karnataka is contemplating
taking legal action against Tamil Nadu for "deviating" from
the original plan on the Hogenakkal drinking water project and
on the issue of utilisation of water, state Water Resources
Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday.

"The very location of the project is itself in
question. As against utilisation of 1.7 tmc feet of water
envisaged in the original plan, now it has been increased to
2.4 tmc feet," he told reporters here.

He said Tamil Nadu had earlier stated that the project
would provide drinking water to 30 lakh people, but had now
revised it to 45 lakh, in "violation" of the original plan.

Moreover, Tamil Nadu was also transferring water from
Cauvery basin to Pennar basin through this project, which is
against inter-state river water disputes act, he alleged.

Bommai alleged that Tamil Nadu has defied the Centre`s
directive to stick to the original plan and had not evinced
interest in holding parleys to sort out the contentious
issues.

He recalled that Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa had indicated during unveiling of a statue of
saint-poet Sarvajna in Chennai last year that chief
secretaries of both states would meet for talks on the
Hogenakkal issue. However, no such meeting had taken place so
far, he said.

The minister said he would also meet the state`s legal
team to discuss various options.

Bommai, who will leave for Delhi tomorrow, said he
would call on Union Water Resources Minister to seek his
intervention to direct Tamil Nadu to adhere to the "original
plan".

PTI



First Published: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 21:50

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