No plans to draw excess water from Hogenakkal project: Stalin
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Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010, 18:01
  
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.

PTI


First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010, 18:01


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