‘Need to recoup State’s share of water will be highlighted’

A delegation of irrigation experts, farmers and peoples’ representatives under the banner of Tungabhadra Jalashaya Adhyayana Samiti will be meeting Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Minister for Large and Medium Irrigation M.B. Patil next week to seek measures to recoup the loss of the State’s legitimate share of water in the Tungabhadra dam, which flows into the river every monsoon.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, N. Pratap Reddy, Congress leader and convener of the samiti, said that a decision to take the delegation to the Chief Minister was taken after a daylong seminar on the issue held recently. 

Mr. Reddy said that during the seminar, a few solutions were proposed, including removal of silt, increasing the height of the dam and construction of a flood flow canal to tap excess water.

It was decided that construction of a flood flow canal was the best alternative. 

“Being an inter-State project, we will also underline the need for the government to initiate a dialogue with Andhra Pradesh to find a permanent solution to the problem of farmers,” Mr. Reddy said.