Call to implement Kalasa-Banduri Nala project

Staff Correspondent

Chief Minister should take an all-party delegation to the Prime Minister, says Basavaraj Bommai

The project will solve drinking water problem in taluks of Dharwad, Belgaum, Gadag and BagalkotGoa has delayed the execution of the project, says MLC

HUBLI: Basavaraj Bommai, MLC and president of Malaprabha Command Area Farmers' Action Committee, has urged Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to take an all-party delegation to the Prime Minister to press for early implementation of Kalasa-Banduri Nala project.

In a letter to the Chief Minister released to the media here, Mr. Bommai underscored the need for taking up the long-pending project as it would solve the drinking water problem in several taluks in Dharwad, Belgaum, Gadag and Bagalkot districts.

Goa Government has delayed the implementation of Kalasa-Banduri Nala Project. Successive governments in the State have failed to convince the Union Government that the act of Goa was politically motivated, he said.

Although the share of the State in Mahadayi water was 45 tmcft, Kalasa-Banduri project aimed at using only 7.56 tmcft of water for drinking purpose. The Central Water Commission had approved the project after a detailed study. But the Union Government had kept the approval given for the project "in abeyance" owing to political reasons, he said.

Although farmers and the State Government had taken a delegation to the Union Government several times, there was no progress. The Chief Minister should immediately lead a delegation to the Prime Minister and make all efforts to clear the hurdles.

Mr. Bommai warned that if the State Government failed to take steps to resolve the issue, agitation was the only option.