Govt committed to Kalasa Banduri says DKS

Water Resource Minister D K Shivakumar inspects Kalasa Banduri project site on Wednesday. DH photo.

Water Resource Minister D K Shivakumar said the government would act to get the Supreme Court stay on Kalasa Banduri, vacated.

He added that the state government would also seek environmental clearances and a Central gazette notification, as regards the project.

The Kalasa Banduri project envisages diversion of the Mahadayi river water to the Malaprabha basin.

Tribunal order unjust

Speaking to the media after visiting the Kalasa dam site on Wednesday, Shivakumar said the Mahadayi Tribunal order had done injustice to Karnataka.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had discussed the order with legal and technical experts and decided that the state would challenge the order in the Supreme Court.

The Tribunal had assessed 188 tmcft water in Mahadayi basin as against the state's argument of 199 tmcft. Karnataka was allocated 13.5 tmcft including 8 tmcft for power generation.

Govt committed

The government was committed to get the rest of its share (140 tmcft) which was now wastefully flowing into the sea. The state had so far, spent Rs 250 crores and another Rs 50 lakh was needed to carry out the survey for the Banduri Nala project. The government was ready to spend any amount of money towards making the project a reality, Shivakumar stated.

State is environment-friendly

Shivakumar said, 731 hectares of forest land would get inundated due to Kalasa-Banduri project. And 192 hectares of private land would be acquired. The minister said that Karnataka would handle environmental objections raised by Goa.

"We are environment-friendly too. No apprehensions about it. Before publishing the Tribunal order in Centre's Gazette, an all-party meeting will be convened," Shivakumar added. 

MLAs Laxmi Hebbalkar & Anjali Nimbalkar; and officials of the Karnataka Niravari Nigam, Irrigation department accompanied the minister.

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