Special Correspondent

Karnataka views it seriously; decides to register protest with that Government

The team comprised TDP MLAs, an ex-MP and TV crew

Complaint to be lodged with Union Government as well

BANGALORE: Condemning the “unauthorised” visit of an Andhra Pradesh team, comprising 12 Telugu Desam Party MLAs and a former MP along with TV crew, to Karnataka’s ongoing irrigation projects in Krishna basin on Wednesday, the State Government has decided to register its protest with Andhra Pradesh Government.

Making a statement in the Legislative Council on Thursday, Minister for Major and Medium Irrigation Basavaraj Bommai said the Karnataka Government would also lodge a complaint with the Union Government, besides taking up the issue with the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal-II, which is looking into the sharing of surplus water in the Krishna basin among Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Violation

He said that such a visit violated the tribunal’s directive and would affect the cordial relationship between the neighbours. He urged Andhra Pradesh to prevent such “illegal incidents.”

The Minister said the Andhra Pradesh team visited irrigation projecs at Kavalur, Yadgir and Sannati barrages across the Bheema in Gulbarga district.

The team then visited Gugal barrage built across the Krishna in Gulbarga-Raichur districts before returning to Andhra Pradesh.

Karnataka had taken up the irrigation schemes to completely utilise its share of the Krishna waters. He charged Andhra Pradesh with using more water in 2005-06 and 2006-07 than its share of 800 tmcft allocated by the Krishna Tribunal-I.

In its interim application before the tribunal-II, Karnataka objected to 11 irrigation schemes being taken up by Andhra Pradesh, including Telugu Ganga, Srisailam Left Bank Canal and Srisailam Right Bank Canal, he said.

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Gulbarga Special Correspondent reports:

The Andhra Pradesh team, led by Mahbubnagar MLA Nagam Janardhan Reddy, entered Karnataka from Hyderabad, according to official sources.

Eye-witnesses said the team captured images of the Yadgir barrage and Sannati barrage. They also made attempts to gather information about the projects from officials of Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd. (KBJNL), but could not get much.

Later, the team inspected the Joladadgi barrage constructed across the Bheema in Gulbarga district and the Gugal barrage across the Krishna in Raichur district. According to reports reaching here, the team also visited some of the barrages, including Kavalur B, constructed by the Minor Irrigation Department in Gulbarga district.

Unconfirmed reports said that the team made a vain bid to visit the Narayanpur Dam in Gulbarga district, but were not given permission.

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