Karnataka

UKP III cost rises three-fold

There has been a three-fold increase in the estimated cost of the third phase of the Upper Krishna Project (UKP-III) since 2012.

The State Cabinet on Wednesday accorded administrative approval for the revised cost estimate of the project, which aims to irrigate 6.19 lakh hectares of land in nine drought-prone districts of north Karnataka. The estimate is ₹51,148.94 crore, while it was ₹17,602 crore in 2012, when the BJP regime cleared the project.

Owing to increased land acquisition cost following the implementation of the new land acquisition Act passed during the UPA government, the compensation for land has increased four times, Water Resources Minister M.B. Patil told reporters.

About 1.33 lakh hectares would be acquired for the project and it would rehabilitate people residing in 22 villages. Till now, about 11,000 acres have been acquired. About 75,000 acres would be submerged under water.

The Cabinet has decided to constitute a sub-committee headed by the Revenue Minister and comprising the Ministers for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Higher Education and Medical Education to address issues such as fixing of base rate for land acquisition, which varies from village to village. The committee has been asked to submit its report by October 30.

Phase I and II of UKP have been completed. Following the allocation made by the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal (KWDT), it was decided to utilise 734 tmcft of water allocated to Karnataka to irrigate 6.19 lakh hectares.

Stage II consisted of raising the height of Almatti Dam from 519.6 metres to 524.256 metres. The aim is to make use of 130 tmcft of water to irrigate 5,30,475 hectares in Vijayapura, Bagalkot, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal, and Gadag districts.

All pending petitions before the Supreme Court regarding distribution of Krishna waters are expected to be cleared by December, the Minister said.

Cauvery

The Minister said the SC has given the State two weeks to file a summary note on the Cauvery water dispute with Tamil Nadu. The State was opposed to the formation of the Cauvery Water Management Board.

He said already a supervisory committee has been monitoring the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. He was expecting formation of a new modified committee on the lines of the existing supervisory committee, Mr. Patil said.

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