Gowda against experts’ panel on Cauvery water dispute

Prime News, State (Bengaluru), May 13:- As far as Cauvery water dispute is concerned, Karnataka has always been at the receiving end, no matter which party is at the Centre. In all probability, the Supreme Court’s three-judge bench will begin hearing the state’s petition from July, questioning the tribunal award. Former prime minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda, who knows Cauvery dispute like the back of his hand, feels formation of an expert panel for distribution of Cauvery water between riparian states would not help in Karnataka in any way.
In letters to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and state’s counsel in the Supreme Court Fali S. Nariman, he has reiterated that Karnataka would be affected badly if the panel is formed. Union Ministry of Water Resources is in favour of setting up an expert panel to look into the issues related to Cauvery water dispute.

Gowda said the 8th supervisory committee meeting in February discussed the issue of distress sharing and proposed to constitute a group of experts to address the issue. He said the functions for the proposed expert committee were totally different and not in accordance with the discussions held by the supervisory committee. “It looks like the Centre is in a hurry to resolve the water dispute without giving any consideration to various contentions of Karnataka made in its SLP filed before the Supreme Court in 2007.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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