Debating India

Bangalore says no Almatti water for AP

Saturday 10 July 2004

BANGALORE, JULY 10: Karnataka has firmly but politely rejected Andhra Pradesh government’s demand for release of 20 tmcft of water from the Almatti dam to meet the requirements of Rayalseema region.

Under no circumstances, Karnataka will release Almatti water to Andhra Pradesh ignoring the interests of our farmers,” declared Mr Mallikarjuna Kharge,

Karnataka’s water resources and transport minister, adding: “Protecting the interests of our farmers is the government’s first priority.”

However, Mr Kharge said the government would consider releasing water to Andhra Pradesh if the Krishna basin areas received good rains and the inflows improved to increase the storage position.

The minister also indicated that the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and its other sister corporations, including the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, to work out an uniform’ hike in bus fares in view of the sharp increase in petrol and diesel prices as also other input costs.

KSRTC and its four sister corporations were incurring a loss of Rs 10 crore a month with BMTC alone accounting for Rs 3 crore and a hike in the bus fares has become inevitable, he said indicating that steps would be taken ensure that the public would not be excessively burdened.

See online : The Economic Times

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in The Economic Times, Saturday, July 10, 2004.

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