Tribunal has been unjust to Karnataka, says Kalburgi
Stating that the Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal (KWDT) has meted out injustice to Karnataka, president of Bheema Nadi Neeru Horata Samiti Panchappa Kalburgi demanded the government should file a review petition before the Supreme Court seeking justice.
Addressing presspersons here on Monday, he said that though the government had filed around 10 objections before the Tribunal, the Tribunal rejected nine of the major objections, which he felt went completely against the interest of the State, mainly the district coming under Upper Krishna Project (UKP) of North Karnataka region.
Mr. Kalburgi said that in one of the orders, the Tribunal put a restriction that Karnataka should utilise only 130 tmc of water if the Krishna river basin has 65 per cent and more amount of water. If the overall water level fell below 65 per cent, then Karnataka should release 100 tmc water to Andhra Pradesh. He said 65 per cent water was equal to around 2,293 tmc.
He said the restriction does not allow Karnataka to use its share of water even if the water level in Alamatti dam was more than 130 tmc.
“The Tribunal got a survey conducted to check the availability of water in river for the last 47 years. The survey revealed that of every ten years, the water level was less than 65 per cent in five years. If we go by these records, then Karnataka will hardly get a chance to utilise its full share of 130 tmc of water,” Mr. Kalburgi said.
He said the Tribunal directed Karnataka to release 10 tmc of water to Andhra Pradesh during June and July. But it has not given a similar direction to Maharashtra, which was one of the beneficiaries of Krishna water.
“It is strange that the State of Maharashtra which receives more rain and adequate water has no compulsion to share water, but the State of Karnataka which is depending on the water coming from Maharashtra should release water to Andhra Pradesh – that too during the time when farmers of Karnataka need water the most,” he said.
He accused Maharashtra of using double its share of water by constructing around 105 reservoirs to store Krishna River water.
He demanded the State government to convene a meeting of irrigation experts and farmer leaders in order to elicit their views and file a review petition before the Apex Court. He added that Medium and Major Irrigation Minister M.B. Patil should take the lead.
The Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal rejected nine out of 10 objections filed by State Karnataka has been directed to use a maximum of 130 tmc water from Krishna river
The Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal rejected nine out of 10 objections filed by State
Karnataka has been directed to use a maximum of 130 tmc water from Krishna river