‘Maharashtra will release 5tmc water’

YADGIR: Union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said he got a telephone call from Water Resource Minister Basavaraj Bommai requesting him to prevail upon the Maharashtra government to release

Published: 16th April 2012 08:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:33 PM   |  A+A-

YADGIR: Union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said he got a telephone call from Water Resource Minister Basavaraj Bommai requesting him to prevail upon the Maharashtra government to release water to the state from the Koyna Dam.

“I spoke to the Maharashtra CM and asked him to release water.

The Maharashtra government agreed to release five tmc,” he told reporters here on Sunday.

He said the duty of the state governments is to manage natural calamities.

The Union government will enter the scenario only when all resources in the state are exhausted.

The state government had not utilised grants given by the Centre under MGNREGS, or contributed its share.

The state government can approach the Centre under Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) when it has spent all the grants, he averred.

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