Union Water Resources minister assures declaring Upper Bhadra as National Project: CM Bommai

Dr B Thomas (Special correspondent) 

The Upper Bhadra project has already been approved.The project would be declared as a National Project after getting approval from the Union Finance Ministry and nod from the Union cabinet,Union Water Resources minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has assured Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Speaking to media persons after meeting Shekhawat and the Union Energy minister, Bommai said,I have had a detailed discussion on Mahadayi, Mekedatu,Upper Krishna and Upper Bhadra projects.

I have provided details about the State’s stand and the resolutions passed in the State legislature about these projects.”

“The Union minister has assured speedy approval for the DPR for Mekedatu project and feasibility report on Mahadayi project.I am set to meet the Union Finance Minister tomorrow,Bommai said.

Mekedatu project

We will get our judicious share of water from the Mekedatu project.The project would not pose any problem for Tamil Nadu.

Their share of water would be released annually. Tamil Nadu is getting excess water except during distress years.Their share of water would be ensured in accordance with the Triban award, Bommai said.

Upper Krishna

The issue of taking up UKP 3rd phase project is before the court. The Union government has to submit its affidavit.

I have requested the union minister to act on this. Our counsels too have presented their argument before the court.Efforts are also on for appointment of the Judge at the earliest,Bommai said.