Bengaluru: Will not allow single drop of water to be utilised by Tamil Nadu - CM Yediyurappa

Bengaluru, Feb 23 (IANS): Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has said that his government will not allow Tamil Nadu to use surplus water from the inter-state Cauvery river and will take strong measures to protect the state's interests.

The Cauvery river water sharing dispute erupted again after the Tamil Nadu government on Sunday laid the foundation for the Rs 14,400 crore 262-km river-linking project - Cauvery-Vaigai-Gundar - river interlinking project, which will divert 6,300 cubic feet of surplus water during floods and increase the groundwater levels in southern districts to meet drinking water needs.

Yediyurappa on Monday told reporters that the state government has decided to file objections before the Centre against the project. "We will not allow it. We are taking strong measures. We will not allow Tamil Nadu or others to use surplus water," he said.

Replying to a question, he shot back there was no use to issue statements in such issues.

After emerging out of the meeting with the state's legal team on the inter-state water dispute in Delhi, Karnataka major and medium irrigation minister Ramesh Jarkiholi said that the state will apprise the Central Government over Tamil Nadu's river interlinking project.

Jarkiholi, who met Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Monday, had said that the state will take all steps to protect its interests.

"We will soon convene an all-party meeting to seek their opinion," he said.

Karnataka is of the stand that after ensuring 177.25 tmc feet of water to Tamil Nadu in a normal year at Biligundlu water gauging centre, the rest belongs to the state, which includes its share of 284.75 tmc feet and surplus water available.

Meanwhile, both opposition parties in Karnataka - Congress and JD(S) - too opposed Tamil Nadu's move to divert the surplus water.

Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah terming Tamil Nadu's move to take up the river interlinking project as 'illegal'. "The Chief Minister of that state should stop it immediately," he said on Twitter.

In a tweet, Siddarmaiah also asked the Karnataka Chief Minister to question the project in the Supreme Court, and write to his Tamil Nadu counterpart asking him to drop the project.

In a series of tweets, another former Chief Minister and JD(S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy expressing surprise over the project of this magnitude not coming to the notice of the Karnataka government.

He also alleged that the union government was funding this project.

Pointing out at the Tamil Nadu government's objections to the state's Mekedatu project, Kumarswamy said Tamil Nadu had been objecting to this as it will not get surplus water if the dam comes up. "We will not allow even a drop of surplus water being used by them," he said.




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  • Anilkumar, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 24 2021

    Most foolish statement a politician can make. Water is nature's gift. He is nobody to decide whom to give and whom not to give. Suppose the rivers go dry in Karnataka, whom will he beg to provide water? Modi can give only tea but not water.

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  • R.krishna, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Tamilnadu is vociferously opposing any attempt by Karnataka to provide drinking water to Bangalore by utilising surplus water at Makedatu. However TN now is planning to use surplus water by linking its dry rivers to Cauvery. Strangely few of our readers do not find any anamoly in this and infact are supporting TN s move by advocating to adopt nationalistic view. Further the Central government is showing its gratitude to Karnataka for electing 28 BJP MPs by funding 6000 odd crores to TN to execute the project.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    I just dont understand why water cant be shared or given to T Nadu?Afterall water is from Nature ,and when one doesnt have enough to drink is it not good to share?This is only my opinion.

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Are we really looking at united India?

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    CM Yeduyurappa is world famous for U TURN. Suppose if gBJP Government is going to form in future, he will take U TURN. There is no second thoughts.

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    We will not divert Single drop of water from Nethravathi.

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  • Ramesh Babu, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    We??? who is given you right to decide about others? Is this water produce or manufactured in Karanataka? Don't forget this is God's Gift to us.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Wed, Feb 24 2021

    Nethravathi River has been diverted by felling thousands of trees. Irreparable damage has been done to the environment by our unscrupulous politicians of both major parties. Very soon we will feel its impact in our region. In TN the project is to take surplus water by interlinking three rivers without causing ecological imbalance in the region. Whereas diversion of a naturally flowing river is like playing with fire and it's consequences will be disastrous in the long run.

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  • BhakSala, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    I strictly instruct Yediyurappa ji to seal all borders with TN & Kerala these two states are thirsty for our sweet water and forget one drop of water i will not let my one drop of sweat also to fall in any of this state one thing i assure my state people that before taking water from our state they have to spill my blood .....Mayray sharir ka khoon ka nadiay baha ne kya badd hi munkin hai.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Wed, Feb 24 2021

    You better instruct BSY to stop the unwarranted domination of Tamils and Mallus in Karnataka. Otherwise we will have to do what Shiv Sena did in Mumbai. Also please instruct Sidda to stop targeting Hindi. We don’t face any danger from Hindi speakers or northerners.

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  • Reshmi Salian, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Rivers will be sold to Ambani and Adani if you give BJP third term. Great Modi and talented Nirmala will try their best to sell rivers as well..

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  • Surendra Poojari, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    We call ourselves as united Indians and these politicians try to divide us in the name of religion, state, language, caste and creed.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Sharing is caring. Lou Holtz

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Haa ha Flavian ji, saavdhan rakho. Pani de denge ...baaarish aane de...dekhenge IMD Kya kehte hein. Bad me zaroor pani share karenge...Hume do din me ek hee bar teen ghante pani mil raha he...

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Comedy King later he will say as per respecting the court Judgment water is given to Tamil Nadu. waiting CT Ravi In charge Tamil Nadu statement on this.

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  • Prakash, Mlore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Can't understand what's wrong ? Why can't Tamil Nadu utilize surplus water for whatever purposes !!

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  • Dsouza, Mudarangadi/udupi

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Guess soon river water managment will go to private organisations..

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