The Karnataka Government today declared a ‘temporary halt’ to the proposed Dandavati irrigation project in Shimoga district after objections from the tribunal appointed to adjudicate surplus Krishna River waters.
“We have decided to halt the project temporarily. I am confident that after the tribunal pronounces its verdict, we can continue it” Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa said while speaking to reporters here.
The tribunal headed by Brajesh Kumar at its sitting on Friday in New Delhi, had expressed displeasure over Karnataka taking up the project without bringing it to its notice and for not securing its permission.
The State accorded approval about three months ago for the project to provide irrigation in parts of Shmoga district utilising 1.8 tmc ft of water.
Mr. Yeddyurappa alleged that former Prime Minister H. D. Devegowda and former Chief Minister S. Bangarappa had influenced the Tribunal by opposing the project and said their action would only help Andhra Pradesh.
The project has been opposed by Mr. Bangarappa, who also hails from Shimoga district like Mr. Yeddyurappa.