State to approach Andhra Pradesh on water supply to Pavagada

The State government on Thursday informed the High Court that it would hold negotiations with Andhra Pradesh government with regard to providing drinking water to Pavagada taluk in Tumkur district from the pipeline, part of which passes through Pavagada, laid by the neighbouring State to supply water from Tungabhadra dam in Karnataka.

The government counsel made this submission during the hearing on a PIL plea filed by the Karnataka Rashtriya Kissan Sangha and other organisations from Pavagada taluk seeking supply of drinking water through this line to their taluk which is facing water shortage.

The counsel said that the Karnataka would explore various possibilities, including making payment to Andhra Pradesh for allowing its pipeline to be used to supply water to Pavagada or increase the quantity of water that is being allowed to be drawn by Andhra Pradesh from Tungabhadra dam as per the existing agreement between the two States.

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