Bommai's statement came a day after Congress's Karnataka unit announced that it will organise a padayatra from Mekedatu to Bengaluru, a distance of over 100 km, demanding the project's implementation.
Hundreds of Congress workers from eight districts will embark upon a 100-km long padayatra from the Mekedatu project site in Kanakapura taluk to Bengaluru.
On the Cauvery River Authority directing Karnataka to release 28 tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu, he said the Centre should intervene and treat all states equally.
The issue is likely to come up for discussion during the next meeting of the Authority in September.
“Any new scheme contemplated should be taken up only with the consent of the other basin States as they are vitally affected by the unilateral action of the upper riparian State.
In his maiden Independence Day speech as Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai reiterated his government's stand on the balancing reservoir project.
Bommai on Wednesday said that he and other officials have been summoned to Delhi with all relevant documents to support the State’s case.
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He said the rich lands of Coorg and Malnad should not flow down with water, the water should sink into the soil.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday said that the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery will not affect any neighbouring state.
The Upper Bhadra Project has already received environmental and investment clearances and is one step away from being recognised as a national project.
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Farmers staged a protest against the Karnataka government’s decision to implement Mekedatu project, by holding skull in their hands, near the collectorate in Tiruchy on Tuesday.
We have 25 MPs and the CM who are tigers here, but are afraid to ask the Centre for our share of funds.