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Canal to divert water mooted

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee (KPYCC) has urged the Centre to build a canal to divert water from the Krishna basin to the Tungabhadra basin. This will ensure adequate water supply to the drought-prone Bellary, Davangere, Chitradurga, Tumkur and Kolar districts for irrigation and drinking purposes.

The KPYCC submitted a comprehensive project report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently and urged him to consider the implementation of the project at the earliest.

According to a study by the National Water Development Agency, the State is eligible for an additional 148 tmcft of water from the Mahanadi and Godavari basins. It can also draw an additional 21 tmcft from the Godavari basin to the Krishna basin in accordance with the Godavari Water Tribunal Award. Besides, it can consider the possibility of drawing 228 tmcft of water from the Sita and the Swarna, the KPYCC has pointed out.

Union Minister for Water Resources Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi has reportedly shown interest in the implementation of the project. The project is estimated to Rs. 5,000 crores, according to one of the vice-presidents of the KPYCC, S. Mohandas Hegde.

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