Meet on Krishna waters today


The water resources officials and counsels will meet at the behest of the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal which on Tuesday egged on the three riparaian states to discuss among themselves to resolve the differences.

 When Tribunal chairman Justice Brijesh Kumar made the suggestion in this regard, the advocates representing the party states agreed to it. This is the second meeting being held on this score—the first was held in March, this year.
At Tuesday’s hearing, which is the last, the three-member Tribunal reserved its ruling on the objections made by AP on the Almatti dam height. The Tribinal, also consisting of Justice S P Srivastava and Justice D K Seth, will give its ruling after three weeks. AP was of the view that the Almatti dam, whose height should have been 519.6 metres, has exceeded 520 m and demanded that this should be resurveyed.

The KWDT, which was constituted in May, 2005, has held 225 sittings. Karnataka has sought share in surplus waster of 524 tmc ft (of Scheme B) while AP and Maharashtra asked for revision of Scheme A of KWDT I which has allocated 2060 tmc ft among three states.
Besides, issues on height of  Almatti dam and submergence in Maharashtra have also been raised. The Karnataka legal team at the Tribunal was led by F S Nariman and Anil Divan and comprised S S Javali, Mohan Katarki and Brijesh Kalappa while the technical team consisted of Prof Rangaraju, D N Desai, Sriramaiah and Narayanaswamy.
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