We will not allow anyone to use the surplus water coming from the Cauvery Fund. As the interests of Karnataka are protected Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Eduyurappa said.
Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy laid the foundation stone for the first phase of the Cauvery-South Vellaru-Vaigai-Gundaru river link project yesterday.
Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy laid the foundation stone for the first phase of the Rs 6,941 crore Cauvery-South Vellaru-Vaigai-Gundaru river link project at a function held in Gunnathur panchayat, Pudukkottai district yesterday.
The centenary dream of the people of the area will be fulfilled by connecting the surplus water from the Cauvery to the Karur district, from the Mayanur dam to the arid areas of Trichy, Pudukottai, Sivagangai and Virudhunagar districts. The first phase will cover 342 lakes and 42,170 acres of land in Karur, Trichy and Pudukottai districts. The canal will be cut lengthwise from the command canal to connect the Pudukottai district with the southern floodplain.
In this context, the Cauvery – South Vellaru – Vaigai – Gundaru project to be implemented by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister of Karnataka Eduyurappa was questioned by reporters today. He replied, “We will not allow this. There is no point in just issuing a statement. Tamil Nadu and others are not allowed to use the surplus water of the Cauvery River. Strict measures will be taken for this and the interests of Karnataka will be safeguarded.”
Reporters asked if an all-party meeting would be convened to discuss the matter. Edyurappa responded by saying, “I have not thought about it yet.”
Meanwhile, Karnataka Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarhikoli held consultations with state legal experts on river water sharing in Delhi yesterday.
“We will convey our concerns to the Central Government about the project to connect the rivers using the surplus water of the Cauvery to Tamil Nadu. All necessary steps will be taken to safeguard the interests of the state. If necessary, an all-party meeting will be convened and discussed,” he said.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Water Resources Minister Jarhikoli is scheduled to meet Union Water Resources Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat today.