Resolve boundary dispute before Kalasa-Banduri: Shiv Sena MP

Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha Member Sanjay Raut has urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis not to hold talks with Karnataka on Kalasa-Banduri Nala project until the Karnataka-Maharashtra boundary row was resolved.

In a letter written to Fadnavis on Oct 27, Raut stated Karnataka wants to divert waters of Kalasa-Banduri through a canal and it has been exploring out of court settlement as its stand was weak before Mahadayi River Water Dispute Tribunal.

Maharashtra government should give a serious thought to Kalasa-Banduri project and set preconditions for talks on the drinking water project. It should not hold talks with Karnataka on Kalasa-Banduri project until the vexed boundary dispute was resolved. The Maharashtra government should ask the advocate general to discuss the boundary row with MES leaders, Shiv Sena MP urged the chief minister.

There is a suit on the 60-year-old Karnataka-Maharashtra boundary dispute pending before the apex court for the past 10 years.

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