Karnataka to fight Tamil Nadu river-linking project in court | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Karnataka government on Friday said it will wage a legal battle against Tamil Nadu’s proposal to interlink rivers aimed at utilizing surplus water from the Cauvery.
“The project is against Karnataka’s interest. Surplus water has not been shared between states officially or legally. Hence, taking up a project is not right,” law minister Basavaraj Bommai said after a meeting with water resources minister Ramesh Jarkiholi to take stock of the project here on Friday.
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BS Yediyurappa wrote to Centre opposing Tamil Nadu move
According to the Interstate Water Disputes Act, surplus water should be adjudicated and the tribunal must decide on it. Tamil Nadu chief minister EK Palaniswami recently laid the foundation stone for the first phase of the Rs 14,400-crore project that seeks to link Vaigai, Gundar and Vellar rivers with the Cauvery and utilise 45tmcft of excess water available in the Cauvery river.
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa has written to the Centre opposing the project.
Bommai said all riparian states have right over – and should share — surplus water. Till now, surplus water is not officially shared between states by any competitive authority. “That being the case, how could Tamil Nadu plan a project to utilise the excess water? We’ll not let it happen,” he said, adding Tamil Nadu cannot use surplus water till the issue is adjudicated.
The minister accused Tamil Nadu of opposing Karnataka’s irrigation projects in the Cauvery basin since Independence — be it modernisation of dams or construction of a balancing reservoir at Mekedatu to provide drinking water to a few urban pockets.

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