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SoI asked to identify Karnataka-Tamil Nadu boundary

MYSORE: The Chamarajanagar Zilla Abhivrudhi Horata Samiti has said that if the Tamil Nadu Government refuses to cooperative with the Survey of India (SoI) authorities in verifying the boundary between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, it will approach the Supreme Court to seek justice.

Addressing presspersons at Chamarajanagar on Monday, president of the samiti Veerabhadraswamy alleged that Tamil Nadu Government was not cooperating despite attempts by the Karnataka Government to conduct a joint survey to end the border controversy between the two States. Now, the Karnataka Government has gone a step ahead by asking the SoI, an independent agency, to identify the boundary between the two States, he said. If the Tamil Nadu Government raises any objection to the process, the samiti would be left with no option but to take legal recourse, he said.

Mr. Veerabhadraswamy urged the Union Government and President Pratibha Patil to interfere in the matter and declare the disputed island near Hogenakkal Falls as “prohibited area” and ask the SoI authorities to conduct the survey.

Plea

He exhorted Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to persuade Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to defer implementation of the drinking water project, till the dispute was resolved.

“Mr. Yeddyurappa had earlier promised that the Government would approach the Supreme Court to safeguard the State’s interests. If the Government fails to do so, the samiti will be forced to approach the Court,” he said.

Mr. Veerabhadraswamy warned that Kannada organisations would launch an agitation if the Tamil Nadu Government did not cooperate for the survey.

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