Prime News, State, (New Delhi), January 3:-Congress in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday sought the immediate intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in resolving the drinking water problem in Karnataka.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, S P Muddahanumegowda said people in the state, particularly in the northern region, were facing a severe water crisis. Karnataka is seeking water from Mahadayi river for meeting drinking water requirements in its northern parts, where it has become an emotive political issue.
“Prime Ministers intervention is required to resolve this issue. I request the Prime Minister to immediately intervene and see that this water dispute is resolved,” he said.
Responding to the matter, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has already written a letter to former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa for outside negotiations to resolve the matter. At this, Congress members started noisy scenes asking why the letter was written to a former chief minister.
Parrikar, in a letter to Yeddyurappa on December 21 last year, had said, in principle, Goa would not oppose the “reasonable” and “justified” quantum of water to be used for drinking purposes while pointing out that the matter was pending before the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal.
Karnataka is seeking the release of 7.56 tmcft water by Goa from the river for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project, being undertaken to improve drinking water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and the districts of Belagavi and Gadag in the states northern region.
The project involves building barrages across Kalasa and Banduri, tributaries of Mahadayi river, to divert water to the Malaprabha to meet the drinking water needs of the region.
Goa had earlier expressed opposition to an out-of-court settlement of the dispute and had not responded positively for the proposed meeting of chief ministers on the issue.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)