Karnataka-AP sparring on Chitravathi continues
The sparring between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on the Chitravathi project continued with Karnataka today saying that the Centre should not remain silent on the issue and asserting that it would complete the scheme despite strong protests of its neighbour.india Updated: Jun 07, 2003 10:22 IST
The sparring between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on the Chitravathi project continued with Karnataka today saying that the Centre should not remain silent on the issue and asserting that it would complete the scheme despite strong protests of its neighbour.
As Andhra Pradesh continued to accuse Karnataka of taking up the project across Chitravathi river illegally, state Water Resources Minister H K Patil said Karnataka would go ahead and complete it to fulfil its "constitutional duty" of providing drinking water to parched areas of Kolar district.
Blaming Andhra Pradesh for creating a "rumpus unnecessarily", he said the state would apprise President A P J Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Union Water Resources Minister Arjun Sethi of the position.
"Centre has to take interest. It should not keep quiet", Patil said in reply to a question whether Karnataka expected the Centre to step in on the issue on which the two states are at loggerheads and have been attacking each other.
Karnataka, Patil said, had not violated any agreement and the Central Water Commission had clearly said at a meeting in Hyderabad in October 2001 that Andhra Pradesh "may not object" to the Chitravathi project which was meant for providing drinking water in Kolar district.
"Andhra Pradesh leaders have been making irresponsible statements" and trying to make Karnataka "a scapegoat" as if it was implementing the project illegally, he said. It was Andhra Pradesh which had taken up "unapproved projects", including Telugu Ganga, by violating all norms, tribunal awards and even the Supreme Court "observations", he said.