Cauvery project: Karnataka to move SC against Tamil Nadu | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: The Karnataka government has decided to take legal recourse in the Cauvery river-linking project of neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
On Thursday, responding to a question raised by Congress MLC M Narayanswamy on Karnataka’s reaction to the Tamil Nadu proposal of linking Cauvery with other rivers within its borders, law and parliamentary affairs minister Basavaraj Bommai said: “While we have already impleaded ourselves in a case in the Madurai bench of the Madras high court, Karnataka is preparing to approach the Supreme Court with an original petition against the project.”
The minister said his team is preparing a draft and readying the grounds to approach the Supreme Court. Earlier, Narayanswamy blamed the BJP government for delaying the state’s response.
Cong questions govt over TN’s Cauvery proposal
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The Congress MLC blamed the government for delaying the response as Tamil Nadu had sought assistance from the Cauvery river management board which on January 5 had marked a copy marked to the Karnataka government for its views.
“The government took its own time in responding to the letter and delayed it till February 17 to say it rejects such a proposal,” the MLC said.
The AIADMK government has proposed linking Cauvery, Vaigai and Gundar rivers at a cost of Rs 14,400 crore. Though this section is part of a national river interlinking project, Tamil Nadu said it will undertake this section independently. The plan involves the use of surplus Cauvery water from Karnataka.



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