J. Balaji

NEW DELHI: A delegation of MPs from Karnataka has urged Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to direct Tamil Nadu to immediately stop construction of Hogenakkal drinking water project.

They also urged Dr. Singh to ask the Survey of India to demarcate the boundary line for conducting survey along the common reach of the Cauvery river.

The Ministry of Water Resources should keep in abeyance all the clearances given to the Hogenakkal water supply project.

The MPs also wanted the Prime Minister to immediately convene a joint meeting of the officials concerned of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for amicable settlement of the projects being undertaken by both the State governments across the Cauvery river in the interest of both the States.

No consumption

They pointed out that though Karnataka's proposed construction of Shivasamudram hydro-power project across the Cauvery river involved no consumptive utilisation and was well within the Karnataka territory, Tamil Nadu had objected to the project.

They said TN was planning to use 2.1 tmc feet of water for the drinking water project against 1.4 tmc feet approved by the union water resources ministry.