Leaders urge Karnataka to challenge Krishna Tribunal order

A meeting of political leaders including those hailing from Krishna river valley and irrigation experts urged the Karnataka Government to file an application before the Krishna River Water Disputes Tribunal.

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2011, 18:32 PM IST

Bangalore: A meeting of political leaders
including those hailing from Krishna river valley and
irrigation experts on Friday urged the Karnataka Government to
file an application before the Krishna River Water Disputes
Tribunal seeking clarifications on its order and before the
Supreme Court challenging the final award of the Tribunal.

The meeting, attended largely by Congress leaders, JDS and
others passed a 13-point resolution outlining the "injustice"
done to Karnataka by the Brajesh Kumar-led Tribunal which
adjudicated the sharing of surplus water among riparian states
of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharastra.

Briefing the press, senior Congress leader and former
Karnataka Irrigation Minister H K Patil said, the Tribunal`s
decision had reduced the water allocation to Karnataka by 101
tmc ft. The Tribunal had allocated 177 tmc ft of water as
against the state`s demand for 278 tmc ft, he said.

The Tribunal had also regularised what he called "illegal
projects" taken up by Andhra Pradesh including the Telugu
Ganga project and ignored the water requirement of Karnataka
for minor irrigation, which was in the order about 53 tmc ft,
he said.

The meeting followed an invitation by Karnataka Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa to leaders of opposition parties to
meet with the state`s counsel Fali S Nariman to plead him to
file a petition before the Supreme Court challenging the
Tribunal`s award, in the backdrop of the noted jurist
expressing against such a step.

Patil said, "if Nariman is convinced (about) the injustice
the state has been rendered by the tribunal order, he would
certainly agree to fight its case".

Patil said if the government failed to contest the tribunal
orders, he would file a petition before the tribunal and also
the Supreme Court on behalf of the farmers.

Among those who attended the meeting were Opposition
Congress leader in the legislative Council Motamma, former
opposition Congress leader in the Upper House V S Ugrappa,
Allum Veerabhdrappa, V R Sudarshan, Mattikatti Veeranna, T B
Jayachandra, JD(S) leaders H D Revanna and P G R Sindhia,
former Irrigation Secretary Capt Ramesh, Karnataka Rakshana
Vedike leader T Naryanagowda and leaders from Krishna river
valley.

PTI