Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Tuesday that his government had decided to oppose Tamil Nadu’s Hogenakkal hydropower project and the Cauvery, Gundar and Vaigai river connection project by filing objections in court.
Speaking to the media in New Delhi after chairing a meeting with senior lawyers who represent the state in the legal battle, the state’s attorney general and senior officers on ‘interstate disputes over the water,” he said, “Karnataka has always been united in protecting the interests of the state related to its lands and waters. As for the Mekedatu project, it is before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and there is also another case that will be heard together. We will make our position clear by filing our objections.”
Speaking at the Krishna Tribunal sentencing, Bommai said, “The judge had recused himself before the last hearing. next hearing. The chief judge would decide. If not, we decided to petition the court about it,” Bommai said.
“It was also decided to present our position clearly to the Central Water Commission and the Cauvery River Management Authority. I had met with the Union Water Resources Minister and environmental clearance is awaited “, he added.
Asked about the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal, he said: “Mahadayi too came for discussion. We have requested a speedy hearing. we need to find a solution.”
“The issue of the diversion of the river is already discussed and resolved. If the DPR is approved, the work will continue. The meeting discussed how to start our projects, the status of the legal cases and how to continue the projects that have been launched,” he added.
Bommai further said that they also discussed the Godavari, Krishna, Cauvery and Pennar river linking projects. “We must file our objections expressing the position that until each state’s share of water, including our own share, is decided, approval should not be given for the DPR. The Minister of Finance of the Union has also been informed of our position that, the consent of all States must be obtained before proceeding with the project,” he said.
Speaking on the enlargement of the cabinet, the chief minister said the matter would only be discussed when he meets BJP national chairman JP Nadda.