Karnataka to file original suit at SC in TN Cauvery river linking project row: Basavaraj Bommai | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Karnataka government has decided to take a legal recourse in the issue of the Cauvery river linking project embarked upon by neighbouring Tamil Nadu within their state.
On Thursday, responding to a question raised by Congress MLC M Narayanswamy on what is the proposed reaction from Karnataka with regard to the Tamil Nadu proposal of inter-linking the Cauvery with other rivers within its borders, law and parliamentary affairs minister Basavaraj Bommai said a legal recourse is being sought in this regard.
“While we have already impleaded ourselves in a case being fought at the Madurai bench of the Madras high court, Karnataka is already preparing grounds to approach the Supreme Court with an original petition against the TN project proposal along the Cauvery river,” said Bommai.
The law minister said his team is already in the process of preparing a draft and readying the grounds to approach the SC in this regard.
“We are making it absolutely clear that Karnataka has not accepted the project which has neither legal or administrative approval from any of the Cauvery riparian states and is politically motivated by the TN government ahead of the elections,” he said.
Earlier, Narayanswamy blamed the BJP government for delaying the state response to the TN agenda considering that the neighbouring state had sought for assistance from the Cauvery river management board which in turn on January 5 had marked a copy marked to Karnataka government for its views.
“However, the government took its own time in responding to the letter and delayed it till February 17 to say that it rejects such a proposal,” claimed the MLC.
The AIADMK government has proposed to link Cauvery, Vaigai and Gundar rivers at the cost of Rs 14,400 crore. Though this section is part of a national river interlinking project, Tamil Nadu has said it will undertake this leg independently. The plan involves the use of surplus Cauvery water flowing from Karnataka.

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