Bengaluru. Jan 22.
I am set to take part in the virtual conference on issues related to Krishna and Cauvery river basins and the issues related to inter-state water disputes. It would help the state in taking a clear stand on the issues, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bomai said.
Speaking to media persons before attending the conference, Bommai said, senior counsels in Delhi representing the state in inter-state water disputes, the AG and irrigation technical experts are scheduled to participate in the conference. Karnataka has been a mid-riparian state in the inter-state irrigation issues. Our upper and lower riparian states have been raising disputes. The Tribunals have already delivered their award over the disputes, Bommai said.
The Bachawat and Brijesh Mishra Tribunals have delivered their award on Krishna river waters, the notification is awaited. Though the Mahadayi Tribunal has delivered its award, the issue has been taken to the Supreme Court. All the three riparian states have filed their claims on water allocation before the court. Though the Tribunal has delivered its award on Cauvery waters and it has been notified, Tamil Nadu has approached the Supreme Court including on the issue of Mekedatu project. Meetings have already been held over these issues. “It will be a virtual meeting today. Serious efforts would be made to resolve the issues at the earliest. A clear stand will be taken after discussing all the issues,” Bommai said.