A day after Tamil Nadu laid foundation stone for connecting 3 of its rivers with Cauvery to consume surplus water, Karnataka opposed with chief minister BS Yediyurappa stating his government can not permit that.
Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Sunday began his state’s ambitious job for linking Vellar-Vaigai-Gundar rivers with Cauvery and use 6000 cubic ft of surplus water in dry areas of the state.
The Rs 14,400 crore project’s launch, however, is being seen as a political tactic as Tamil Nadu is headed to the assembly polls in the summer season. Congress leader P Chidambaram has slammed the AIADMK wondering if it had funds to go ahead.Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa the neighbouring state’s relocations. “There is no point in providing declarations. We will not enable Tamil Nadu to do that,” he told press reporters in Bengaluru. “We will take difficult steps (to protect Karnataka’s interests).”JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said he was amazed that the state government was not conscious that it was the Centre which was helping Tamil Nadu with funds to construct the project.In a tweet, the previous chief minister stated both Karnataka and the Centre are ruled by the BJP. The state has actually sent out a large team of BJP members to Lok Sabha. If the party still favoured Tamil Nadu much against Karnataka’s interests, they will withstand it, he said.Any proposal related to river Cauvery either in Karnataka or Tamil Nadu constantly touched off resistance in either of the states. When Kumaraswamy, as primary minister of the previous JD(S)-Congress government, pursued the old need of developing a stabilizing tank across the river near Mekedatu, Tamil Nadu strongly opposed it.Five months back, a DMK delegation led by party president MK Stalin satisfied prime minister Narendra Modi and urged him not to allow Karnataka to construct the reservoir.Karnataka has been pursuing a tank on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as a big chunk of Bengaluru’s population is not covered under the Cauvery Tribunal award, and the reservoir, if built, will assist Karnataka in conference part of the drinking water needs of Bengaluru in regular years that bring some extra water flow.Karnataka is required to launch 192 tmc feet of water to TN in a typical year, however the State is concerned that a lot of water wastefully flows into the sea in normal monsoon years. The Cauvery Tribunal has actually assigned 17 tmc feet of water for Karnataka’s drinking water requirements. TN, on the other hand, has actually got 29 tmc feet for its drinking water needs.