Karnataka

‘Disneyland’ plan will not affect ongoing irrigation projects: DKS

Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar and Revenue Minister R.V. Deshpande at the Assembly session in Belagavi on Thursday.

Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar and Revenue Minister R.V. Deshpande at the Assembly session in Belagavi on Thursday.  

Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar on Thursday said that taking up the ₹1,500-crore project to develop Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) on the lines of Disneyland in the U.S. would not change the government’s priority of completing all the ongoing irrigation projects, including the Upper Krishna Project (UKP) Phase-III. He also agreed to have a discussion on UKP Phase-III in the Assembly next week.

The issue came up when Leader of the Opposition B.S. Yeddyurappa expressed concern in the Assembly over the government proposing to spend around ₹1,500 crore on the project and wondered if that would affect the priority being given to complete the ongoing irrigation projects.

‘Budgetary scheme’

Responding to this, Mr. Shivakumar said the KRS development plan was a budgetary scheme and not even a single paise was being spent by the government. He appealed to Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar to schedule a discussion on UKP next week.

The Minister said that the government would not discriminate between the northern and southern parts of the State for development schemes.

He said the government was keen to increase the height of Almatti reservoir from the present 519.6 metres to 524.256 metres. However, it was waiting for the Centre to notify the award of Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal-2 to go ahead with the matter. But the Supreme Court had issued a stay on notifying the award, he said.

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