Siddaramaiah confident state will get justice on Cauvery issue on Oct 18
Chief minister Siddaramaiah said that he believes that the central team studying the water situation in the Cauvery basin is aware of the grave situation that Karnataka faces. "We have a good case," Siddaramaiah said, adding justice will be done to the state.
The apex court set up the technical committee on state’s insistence, and the committee has studied the ground reality in depth after visiting various places in the Cauvery basin and are presently in Tamil Nadu.
Interacting with reporters on his arrival to take part in a programme in the district, Siddaramaiah said the technical team has looked into various parameters such as the rainfall state has received, water levels at various points in time, inflow and outflow from the Krishnaraj Sagar Dam to Tamil Nadu and the state’s need for water for drinking vis-a-vis that of Tamil Nadu for their samba crops. The next hearing of Supreme Court on October 18 will consider all this, he said.On the other contentious inter-state river water sharing of Mahadayi, Siddaramaiah said, he will be going to Mumbai on October 21 to meet his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Phadnavis to resolve the issue amicably as suggested by the tribunal. "I have written letters to the PM, Goa as well as Maharashtra CMs regarding this issue," Siddaramaiah said, adding his meeting with Phadnavis is following Tribunal’s opinion to go for an out of the court settlement.
On the much touted Yettinahole water diversion project, Siddaramaiah stuck to his guns that the government will go ahead in implementing the project. "Experts have told me that there is more than 24tmcft water available at Yettinahole," he said, adding that the project is not diverting waters of the Nethravathi, but using the excess flood waters during the monsoon months.
Reiterating that the project will not affect Dakshina Kannada district as its proponents here claim, Siddaramaiah said he will convene a meeting of elected representatives from the district to discuss issues and apprehensions they have. "I could not convene the meeting planned earlier due to pressing problems including Cauvery agitation," Siddaramaiah said, adding he will also consider implementing Paschimavahini project sought by elected representatives here.
On the issue of the state government taking back Gokarna Temple from Ramachandrapura Math and appointing an administrator to the Mutt, Siddaramaiah said there is no such proposals before the government. "The High Court has sought government’s stand to the issues in response to a PIL," Siddaramaiah said, adding that he has not examined the issue yet. When pressed for the government’s stand, Siddaramaiah said, "Our lawyer will spell it out in the court."
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