Centre and Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal to be moved in this regard
BANGALORE: Karnataka is formulating a strategy to secure 50 per cent of the surplus Krishna waters covered under Scheme "B" of the Bachawat Tribunal's water sharing formula.
Addressing presspersons after an all-party meeting on the issue of sharing 517 tmcft of surplus water under the scheme, Minister for Water Resources K.S. Eshwarappa said the Government would request the Centre and the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal to distribute 50 per cent of surplus water under Scheme "B" to the State. On an average, 278 tmcft of surplus water was available for distribution among Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, he said. Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy presided over the meeting.
The State had been allocated 734 tmcft of water under Scheme "A" of the Bachawat Award. Of which, it had been providing five tmcft to Tamil Nadu for drinking.
The interim award of the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal headed by the former Supreme Court judge Brijesh Kumar was beneficial to the State and the Government was expecting a similar verdict in the final award also. The Government would make all efforts to get greater share in the surplus water, Mr. Eshwarappa said.
Thirty-nine irrigation projects at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,047 crore would be completed by this year to utilise the surplus Krishna waters. The Supreme Court and the Bachawat Tribunal in their respective rulings had unambiguously observed that the maximum storage level at the Alamatti dam be kept at 519.6 metres. Andhra Pradesh had been opposing the height of the dam at that level and demanding that it be restricted to 509 metres, he said.
Ministers in the coalition Government, leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly N. Dharam Singh, State Janata Dal (U) State unit president B. Somashekar and G.V. Sriram Reddy (CPI-M) were among those who attended the meeting.