Karnataka CM says Cauvery surplus water will not be given to TN

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has said that the State will never allow Tamilnadu to take up the propose river-linking project aimed at utilising surplus water in the Cauvery basin.

“We will not let any state, including Tamil Nadu, take away Cauvery surplus water. There is no point in making a statement. We will take strong measures soon,” said Yediyurappa.

The 262 km project envisages diverting surplus water in Cauvery to Gundar river through a canal.

Tamilnadu has said that the first of the three phases will cover about 118 kms in which Cauvery, South VellarVaigai and Gundar rivers will be interlinked.

Meanwhile Karnataka Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi is in Delhi and is expected to meet Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh today to seek his support in the issue.

It may be noted that Jarkiholi had earlier said that an all party meeting will be convened in Karnataka to discuss the issue. Yediyurappa has however said that a decision has not been taken on calling the all-party meeting.