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Central team postpones Chitravathi visit by day

The visit by the CWC team for an on the spot study of the Paragodu anicut project being built by Karnataka across Chitravati river in Kolar district has been postponed to Sunday.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2003 11:03 IST

The visit by the Central Water Commission team for an on the spot study of the controversial Paragodu anicut project being built by Karnataka across Chitravati river in Kolar district has been postponed to Sunday.

CWC Additional Secretary, S K Das, who was to arrive here today to take a look at the project site and hold discussions with the state's Water Resources department officials, was expected tomorrow evening, official sources said here.

In the wake of stiff opposition to the project by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna has consented to a study by CWC officials after the Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee intervened in the issue.

However, Karnataka has stuck to its stand of going ahead with the project which envisages utilisation of 0.137 tmc ft of water to provide drinking water to about 100 villages and two towns- Bagepalli and Mulabagil in Kolar district.

Karnataka has brushed aside the neighbouring state's objections to the project, saying it did not infringe on the water rights of that state as it involved only drinking water component and not irrigation.

Karnataka also maintains that the project has received approval by the CWC.

Leaders of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have been organising agitations in support of their contentions on the project.

First Published: Jun 16, 2003 11:03 IST