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Karnataka raises objections on Paragodu

After an all-party delegation from Karnataka raised objections, the Centre deferred tomorrow's official inter-state level talks on water projects apparently to include discussions on Andhra Pradesh's "unapproved" projects.

india Updated: Jun 25, 2003 10:40 IST

After an all-party delegation from Karnataka raised objections, the Centre on Tuesday deferred Wednesday's official inter-state level talks on water projects apparently to include discussions on Andhra Pradesh's "unapproved" projects.

"The Deputy Prime Minister suggested to authorities concerned to postpone meetings to include unapproved projects like Telugu Ganga and Srisailam Left Bank Canal," Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna told reporters after he led an all-party delegation from his state to meet President APJ Abdul Kalam and LK Advani.

However, he said Karnataka was not shying away from discussing the Paragodu and Upper Tunga projects, on which Andhra Pradesh has raised objections. It is not known yet as to when the deferred meeting will be held now.

"It takes two to clap. We are ready to shake hands," he said responding to a question about water disputes.

In memoranda submitted to Kalam and Advani, the delegation listed eight projects demanding that these "illegal" projects taken up by Andhra Pradesh be stopped. These also included the Bhima Lift Irrigation, Pulchintala, Velogonda, Handriniva and Galerunagari.

He refuted allegations that Karnataka was trying to politicise the issue saying it was only trying to provide potable water to people.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had led a delegation to meet Prime Minister and others last week.

First Published: Jun 25, 2003 10:40 IST