Karnataka plans dialogue with TN on Hogenakkal project
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Last Updated: Friday, April 30, 2010, 18:19
Bangalore: The Karnataka government plans to hold talks with Tamil Nadu for an amicable solution to the contentious Hogenakkal drinking water scheme and a hydel power project utilising the inter-state Cauvery waters, a senior Minister said today.

Karnataka has reservations on the Hogenakkal project being implemented by Tamil Nadu which in turn has been opposing the state's Shivanasamudram run-off-the river hydel plant proposed at Mekedatu.

"We want to take a delegation to meet Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to discuss these issues and resolve them. I will talk to our Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa shortly," Home Minister Dr V S Acharya told reporters here.

Last week, Karnataka Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai had slammed Tamil Nadu accusing it of deviating from the original plan on the Hogenakkal project, which was refuted by Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin in the Assembly.

On allocation of power from Central grid, Acharya said during the recent meeting of Power Ministers in Delhi, Karnataka pressed for ensuring supply of its quota of 1,543 mw as there was a shortfall of 250-400 mw per day currently. Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde suggested him that there could be another meeting between them to sort out the issue, Acharya said.

He said Karnataka also pressed the Centre for allocating gas for its proposed gas-based plants from Krishna-Godavari basin.

A Belgium company has offered to import gas and supply it to Karnataka and the proposal was under study, he added.


First Published: Friday, April 30, 2010, 18:19

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