CWC member arrives in Bangalore
Central Water Commission member S K Das arrived for an on-the-spot study of the controversial Paragodu anicut project being taken up by Karnataka across the Chitravathi river in Kolar district.india Updated: Jun 16, 2003 11:03 IST
Central Water Commission member S K Das arrived here on Sunday for an on-the-spot study of the controversial Paragodu anicut project being taken up by Karnataka across the Chitravathi river in Kolar district amidst protest from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
Das accompanied by CWC Chief Engineer N Jyoti would hold consultations with state water resources department and Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board officials tomorrow and seek details on the project, Karnataka Water Resources Department Secretary Chennabasavaiah told PTI here.
Das arrived from Hyderabd where he received a memorandum from Andhra Pradesh detailing its objections to the project and pleading for its stoppage. He also had a meeting with CWC officials yesterday and collated information on the project.
Karnataka has sought the project inspection after Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee intervened in the wake of stiff opposition from Andhra Pradesh which has vowed to stall the project, accusing the state of infringing on its water rights.
Equally firm is Karntaka which has declared that it would go ahead with the project saying it involved no irrigation component, but only supply of drinking water.
Karnataka has also been asserting that the project has been cleared by the CWC and there was no violation of any agreement between the two states.
Answering reporters querries on arrival here, he refused to comment on the controversy, but said he would visit the project site tomorrow, hold discussions with Karnataka Government officials and submit a report to CWC.
Das is likely to call on the Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna before leaving for Paragodu.
First Published: Jun 16, 2003 11:03 IST