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`Efforts on to get clearance for Kalasa-Bandori Nala'


  • Meeting planned with the Chief Minister of Goa
  • BJP wants State to ignore Centre's stay on project
  • State firm on implementing the project
  • Dharam Singh urges BJP to convince farmers to end agitation

    BANGALORE: Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh will soon lead an all-party delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking a favourable direction on the implementation of Kalasa-Bandori Nala to ease the drinking water problem in Hubli and Dharwad.

    Intervening in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday during a discussion on the Centre's stay on the project and the need to vacate it, the Chief Minister said: "The State Government will do its best towards the early execution of the project." Efforts will be made to meet the Chief Minister of Goa and thrash out a solution. The Kalasa Bandori Nala is part of the catchment area of the Mahadayi (called Mandovi in Goa) and a large part of its catchment area is in Karnataka.

    Leader of the Opposition B.S. Yediyurappa, senior BJP member Jagadish Shettar and Nargund MLA C.C. Patil sought to move an adjournment motion on the indefinite agitation by farmers of Navalgund and Nargund demanding the implementation of the project and the present stand of the Government.

    They said farmers are upset with the delay in the execution of the project and want the Government to go ahead with the project ignoring the stay by the Central Water Commission. After granting approval, the Centre stayed the project in July 2002 after Goa raised objections to the project.

    Govt. firm

    The Chief Minister and Minister for Water Resources Mallikarjuna Kharge told the BJP members that come what may the Kalasa-Bandori Nnala project will be implemented and there need not be any apprehension about it. It should be remembered that it took time to sort out matters between two States particularly on inter-State river waters. The Chief Minister and Mr. Kharge ruled out violating the stay order of the Union Government. They were reacting to a suggestion from Mr. Yediyurappa who wanted the Government to execute the project. .

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