Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna on Friday asked Andhra Pradesh not to take a 'contorted' view, but understand the reality on the state's Paragodu project in Kolar district.
Speaking after launching different developmental programmes at Sidlaghatta in Kolar district, he said the state government was spending only Rs. nine crore on the Paragodu project. Andhra Pradesh should realise how an irrigation project could be taken up with that amount of money.
Karnataka, he said, had never objected to the various projects taken up by Andhra Pradesh for drinking water purposes.The objections to Paragodu project meant for drinking water purpose was neither 'dharma nor human', he said.
Andhra Pradesh has been opposing the Paragodu project across the Chitravathi river being taken up by Karnataka, saying that it would affect the water flow into Cuddapah and Ananthpur districts.
Karnataka has dismissed Andhra Pradesh's charge,maintaining that the project was only to provide water to 100 villages and two towns in Kolar district.
Following intervention by Prime Minister A B Vajpayee, a Central Water Commission team had visited the project site early this week.