Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday, after a virtual meeting with his cabinet colleagues, said the State is preparing to take on Tamil Nadu on interstate river disputes.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said he will hold an all-party meeting in the first week of February to discuss with Opposition leaders the water disputes with Tamil Nadu.
Officials from Corporation, Railways, Electricity and PWD will meet on Saturday to discuss ways to prevent water stagnation.
The Water Resource Department may submit a plan to enhance the capacity of dam and also build a new reservoir at Ramanjeri for storage.
Instead, it had advocated a dam at Hogenakkal on the border between Chamarajanagar in Karnataka and Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu.
After the green signal by Cauvery Water Regulation Committee, the State government had planned to extend, renovate and modernise irrigation infrastructure in the Cauvery basin.
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Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will take part in a virtual meeting on Saturday with legal experts, ministers and officials to discuss inter-state water dispute cases.
The river water will be diverted to 38 small and medium irrigation schemes through a proposed 337.98-km pipeline to irrigate around 2.81 lakh acres of land.
“Environmental laws are turning out to be an impediment for speeding up infrastructure development projects,” he pointed out.
Heavy overnight rain that lashed several districts of the state led to waterlogging and inundation in many places.
The proposed project may be taken up under the Central Government’s Jal Jeevan Mission with 50 per cent funding from the Union government and the remaining 50 per cent by the state government.
The mechanical meters that are currently in use do not provide accurate reading and they can also be tampered.
Water bodies including lakes, ponds, channels, wells are dynamic natural resources, impacting as well as being impacted, intricately inter-connected with all other natural systems and living beings.