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Congress seeks PM's intervention for drinking water supply in Karnataka

New Delhi, Jan 2 (PTI): Congress in the Lok Sabha today sought the immediate intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in resolving the drinking water problem in Karnataka.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, S P Muddahanumegowda said people in the state, particularly in the northern region, were facing a severe water crisis.

Karnataka is seeking water from Mahadayi river for meeting drinking water requirements in its northern parts, where it has become an emotive political issue.

"Prime Minister's intervention is required to resolve this issue. I request the Prime Minister to immediately intervene and see that this water dispute is resolved," he said.

Responding to the matter, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has already written a letter to former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa for outside negotiations to resolve the matter.

At this, Congress members started noisy scenes asking why the letter was written to a former chief minister.

Parrikar, in a letter to Yeddyurappa on December 21 last year, had said, in principle, Goa would not oppose the "reasonable" and "justified" quantum of water to be used for drinking purposes while pointing out that the matter was pending before the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal.

Karnataka is seeking the release of 7.56 tmcft water by Goa from the river for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project, being undertaken to improve drinking water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and the districts of Belagavi and Gadag in the state's northern region.

The project involves building barrages across Kalasa and Banduri, tributaries of Mahadayi river, to divert water to the Malaprabha to meet the drinking water needs of the region.

Goa had earlier expressed opposition to an out-of-court settlement of the dispute and had not responded positively to the proposed meeting of chief ministers on the issue.

Shrikant Shinde (SS) raised an issue relating to the Mumbai central railway, saying the Railways should not discriminate and equal facilities should be extended to it as compared to that of western railways.

Rama Devi (BJP) demanded an extension of benefits of seventh pay commission to gramin dak sevaks.

Dinesh Trivedi (Trinamool Congress) demanded formulation of a special mechanism to provide Aadhaar cards to people who are not able to give their biometric details due to diseases like leprosy. "Such people should automatically get Aadhaar cards," he said.

Dushyant Chautala (Indian National Lok Dal) raised the issue of Sainik Schools for girls.

Raising concern over National Medical Commission Bill, C Mahendran (AIADMK) said that key stakeholders have not been consulted on the measure and demanded that the bill be referred to the select committee.


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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    PM need to intervene to tackle any interstate disputes

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  • Suman, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Is our CM useless?

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  • Shashank, Kudla

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Yes. Utter useless

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  • Deep, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    No political parties should play politics on drinking water. Siddhuji should think of getting water from Kali river or other sources, instead of fighting and wasting time.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Is he in India or World Tour ...

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  • mohan sr., Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Who is Parrikar to Interfere Karnataka,s water problem ........... .. Better he should concentrate goa,s development

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  • Raj, Kudla

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    This shows nidderamayya & his khangress' immaturity to settle a drinking water supply problem. Now how can we expect solutions to other problems of the state. Shame !

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  • Dharmesh, Bajpe

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    nidderamaya's kai sarkaar has failed to give good governance. looting all resources and no rain water harvesting will lead into this type of nidderamaya's failure in governance. He is fit only for giving advertisements in newspapers and tv saying 'Yaaroo nudiyadante nadediddeve', thereby increasing his trp. Shame to nidderamaya & his government.

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  • Abhi, Kudla

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Display of Complete failure in governance by Siddu. Failed to provide Drinking Water supply even after receiving Central Government's fund.

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  • Santhosh Kulal, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    It's an inter-state water dispute involving 3 states? What Siddharamaiah has to do, that too when Tribunal is in place? Have you gone bonkers? When there's a Tribunal is in place, only the PM can resolve this issue by intervening. Indira Gandhi did this way back in 1983 when Chennai needed drinking water. She called a meeting of CMs of Karnataka, AP and TN and a decision was taken that Karnataka and AP would release 5 TMC each water to Chennai. Narasimha Rao did a similar act. Why not Narendra Modi then? He has the legal power to do so. Karnataka CM can't do anything. He has taken all-party delegation to the Centre, written official letters umpteen times to Goa and Maharashtra CMs. While Fadnavis responded positively to a letter and expressed his readiness to hold meeting, Goa CM did not even have the courtesy to respond so far, be it Parsekar earlier or Parrikar now. Even the letter written on December 22, 2017 has gone unanswered. What else can be done other than requesting the intervention of the PM? There's a National Water policy in place which clearly states that priority should first be given for water for drinking purpose. So what's the issue for Goa? It's Parrikar who has been opposing the villain for Karnataka in Mahadayi issue from 2002 when he was Goa CM. Though the then SM Krishna govt got clearance from Forest Dept and even from Vajpayee's Central govt, Parrikar complained to the govt and succeeded in Central govt bringing a Stay on its own decision. In 2007 again when Kumaraswamy govt started Kalasa-Banduri work, Congress was ruling Goa and they did not raise any complaint. It was Parrikar who was opposition leader who created a ruckus in Goa assembly, called for Goa bundh alleging that Goa Congress was not taking care of State's interest and succeeded in taking the issue to the Tribunal. Why to blame others?

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  • Wilfred Dsouza, karnataka

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Desalination plant should be used as an alternative for rivers. Netravati diversion can be stopped if deslaination plant is used . First desalination plants should be used to provide water to udupi and mangaluru and then extra water should be supplied through pipelines to interior districts of karnataka.

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Give Nethravati River back to Us..

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