Naidu to send letter to Centre on Paragodu
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is preparing to write yet another letter to the Centre drawing its attention to instances of 'blatant violation' of inter-state agreements.india Updated: Jun 26, 2003 15:00 IST
Amidst intensifying war of words with neighbouring Karnataka over controversial Paragodu project, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is preparing to write yet another letter to the Centre drawing its attention to instances of 'blatant violation' of inter-state agreements by the upper riparian Karnataka.
Naidu would lodge 'strong protest' over the way the Central Water Commission (CWC) was according permission to Karnataka's projects though they were being taken up in violation of inter-state agreements, official sources said.
The Chief Minister will also raise objections over inclusion of AP's projects like Telugu Ganga, Handri Neva and Galeru Nagari in the agenda of the deferred meeting of CWC, now scheduled to be held in Delhi tomorrow.
Naidu had yesterday called up Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and expressed unhappiness over the manner in which CWC was handling the dispute over Paragodu project, across Chitravathi river in Kolar district, and upper Tunga projects being taken up by the neighbouring state.
"The Deputy Prime Minister had assured me that he will instruct CWC to handle the issues in an impartial manner", Naidu told reporters here late last night.
Paragodu project has emerged as yet another irritant in the long history of bitter river water disputes between the two riparian states.
The lower riparian AP has been demanding stoppage of works on the project as it violated inter-state agreements and, if completed, would totally block water flow to backward Anantapur and Cuddapah districts.