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‘They will come up with a consensus formula ‘
Tribunal is looking into sharing of
729 tmcft of water
BANGALORE: The State Government on Sunday authorised its legal and irrigation technical teams to hold consultations with their counterparts from Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh as part of the exercise to evolve a consensus formula on sharing surplus Krishna waters as per the direction of the Second Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal.
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the floor leaders of both the Houses of the State Legislature presided over by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in Bangalore.
Briefing presspersons, Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai pointed out that the tribunal headed by Justice Brijesh Kumar, which has completed hearing of arguments by the three riparian States on sharing of Krishna surplus waters, had directed them to hold talks among themselves to find a consensus formula.
In tune with this direction, the legal and technical teams would hold consultations with their counterparts from the two States. The grounds for discussion were also discussed at the meeting, he said.
He, however, did not reveal details of the discussion. Mr. Bommai only said that the State's interests would not be compromised.
He said that the tribunal was looking into sharing of 729 tmcft of water.
The presentation of arguments by the riparian States commenced in 2005, the Minister said.
Leaders of the Opposition in the Assembly and Council Siddaramaiah and Motamma, Janata Dal (Secular) deputy leader in the Assembly Bandeppa Kashempur and Janata Dal (United) leader in the Council M.P. Nadagouda attended the meeting.
The State Government has roped in hydrology experts from the Indian Institute of Science Rangarajan and Ramprasad as members of its irrigation technical team.
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