Chennai: Tamil Nadu government on Friday refuted
Karnataka`s allegation that it "deviated" from the original
plan on the Hogenakkal water project, saying there was no
truth in the charge that the state was drawing excess water.
"There is no plan to draw 1.7 tmc or 2.5 tmc of water as
alleged by Karnataka Water Resources Minister Basavaraj
Bommai. Instead we are sticking to the Centre-sanctioned
original plan of drawing 1.4 tmc only," Deputy Chief Minister
M K Stalin informed the State Assembly.
Responding to KP Anbazhagan (AIADMK), who raised the
issue, Stalin, who also holds the Municipal Administration and
Water Supply portfolio, denied violation of any sorts,
including the location of the project.
Promising to complete the project, which envisages to
supply drinking water to Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts,
well ahead of schedule completion period of 2012, Stalin said
he will give further explanation on the contentious issue
while replying to the debate on grants, scheduled for Monday.
Karnataka, at loggerheads with Tamil Nadu on the vexed
Cauvery water sharing dispute, had alleged deviation by Tamil
Nadu from the original plan regarding the Rs 1334 crore
Japanese-funded project. Bommai had said his state was mulling
legal action against its neighbour.