A reservoir at Mekedatu only can solve the Cauvery dispute opines water expert

Puttannaiah asks government to implement pay commission for farmers

“State government should construct a reservoir at Mekedatu without waiting for somebody’s permission in the next three years. Only then the Cauvery dispute can have a permanent solution,” said irrigation expert Captain Rajarao.

He was addressing the farmers convention organised by Kabini Raitha Hitharakshana Samithi and State Sugarcane Growers’ Association at Maharaja’s College grounds.

“By constructing a reservoir at Mekedatu, we can have control over the disputes Tamil Nadu picks up every now and then. It will not only solve the water shortage for state, but also find a permanent solution for Cauvery row,” he said.

“Cauvery water dispute is haunting Karnataka due to the agreement of 1924. It should have ended in 1974, but unfortunately it still continues. The Supreme Court accepted Tamil Nadu’s argument saying Cauvery water should not be supplied to Bengaluru, which is not right,” he said.

“Rivers give rise to human civilisation and culture. But Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are fighting for water. We have been releasing water in excess to Tamil Nadu since 25 years. Sill Tamil Nadu moved the Supreme Court. I have requested Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to consider this issue seriously and form a legal committee to solve the issue,” said farmer leader and MLA K S Puttannaiah.

“Agriculture minister, Sugar minister and Silk ministers are related to agriculture. But these ministers are of no use for the farmers. Government has sidelined the farmers. They provide pay commission for the government employees, but no commission to help farmers. Farmers should not commit suicide. Farmers should be united instead of dividing themselves,” he said.

President of State Sugarcane Growers’ Association Kuruburu Shanthakumar, Prakash Honnur and others were present.

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