`Centre should intervene on verdict'

Staff Correspondent

KRRS chief suggests linking of Cauvery with the Mahanadi

HASSAN: Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) president Kodihalli Chandrashekhar has said that unless the Union Government intervenes, the present crisis over the award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal cannot be resolved.

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Mr. Chandrashekhar told The Hindu that moves such as forming of another tribunal or filing of a petition on the award before the Supreme Court would not solve the crisis. It would only result in hatred between States.

The only solution, he said, would be to identify an alternative source of water for the State.

He suggested that if the Mahanadi river (which originates in Orissa) was linked with the Cauvery through the Godavari, Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers, the dispute could be solved once and for all, as sufficient water would then be made available to Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. He said a long-term plan could be worked out to link the Cauvery with the Ganga.

Ambareesh resignation

Mr. Chandrashekhar welcomed former MP Ambareesh's resignation from his Minister's post and his Lok Sabha seat, but said the move had come too late. He said that if Mr. Ambareesh had resigned the day the award was announced, it could have brought pressure on the Union Government to take some action in the State's favour.

He demanded that the three Union Ministers from the State Muniyappa, Oscar Fernandez and M.V. Rajasekharan as well as all the MPs from here resign, as this would serve to impress upon the Union Government the seriousness of the matter and the State's stand.