Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa will lead an all-party delegation to meet Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh on January 13 seeking his intervention to withdraw the revocation order on the Kalasa-Bandori Nala drinking water project.
A decision to this effect was taken at an all party meeting convened by Mr. Yeddyurappa to finalise the state's stand on the Mahadayi river diversion project utilising 7.26 tmc ft out of the state's entitlement of 45 tmc ft of water.
Speaking to reporters, Yeddyurappa said the meeting was of the view that the objection being raised by Goa to the project, which “posed no environmental problems, has no substance.”
The meeting also decided to request the Centre not go ahead with its plan to set up a tribunal to adjudicate the sharing of Mahadayi River between Karnataka, Goa and Maharastra.
There is about 200 tmc ft yield in the Mahadayi catchment areas and none of the riparian states have been using it now, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.
Karnataka has proposed to take up the Kalasa Bandori nala project to provide drinking water to water-starved cities of Hubli-Dharwad and surrounding villages.
The Centre accorded approval for the project on April 30, 2002 but it was revoked in the face of protests from Goa.