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State says Maharashtra’s flood problems are of its own making

Tuesday 9 August 2005

Staff Reporter

Dharam Singh offers `bagina’ to the Cauvery at Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir

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PRAYING FOR WELFARE: Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh and his wife, Prabhavati, offering `bagina’ at the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir in Mandya district on Monday. Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash is seen.

BANGALORE: The flood-related problems in Maharashtra are of "its own making" and its allegation and argument that the increase in the height of Alamatti reservoir and its present level of storage are responsible for the inundation of some of the villages in that State are incorrect and far-fetched, Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash and Minister for Water Resources M. Mallikarjuna Kharge have asserted.

They told presspersons here on Monday that the inflow at the Alamatti Dam on Monday was 4,13,000 cusecs and the recorded outflow was 4,50,000 cusecs. During the last week, the dam received an average inflow of 3,20,000 cusecs and maintained an outflow of 4,20,000 cusecs. That kind of inflow and outflow situation cannot give room for backwaters, they said.

They said Maharashtra has built five major dams - Koyna, Warna, Dhoodganga, Ujani and Veerbhatkal reservoirs - across the Bhima and the Krishna along the State borders. It filled all its dams well before August, instead of September, flouting the rule that reservoirs should not be filled up to the full levels in the initial days of monsoon. But, contrary to its expectations, the monsoon has proved more than bountiful.

"Maharashtra suddenly discharged all its excess rain waters into the reservoir system and made Karnataka suffer extensive loss and damage. The purpose behind Maharashtra’s allegations even as Karnataka is fully engaged in fighting the natural calamities is to "build up a false record to bolster its arguments before the Krishna Tribunal."

The State will place all the facts with "supporting and unflinching evidence" that would prove the exact quantum of waters being released, the Chief Minister and his colleagues said.

`Bagina’ offered

Our Mysore Special Correspondent reports:

Mr. Dharam Singh on Monday offered prayers and "bagina" to the Cauvery at Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir in Mandya district and prayed for the welfare of the people of the State.

He was accompanied by his wife, Prabhavathi, and Mr. Prakash, Mr. Kharge, Assembly Speaker Krishna, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Cheluvarayaswami, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies H.S. Mahadeva Prasad, Minister of State for Labour Tanvir Sait and State Janata Dal Working President H.D. Kumaraswamy, among others.

The Chief Minister, earlier visited Kabini and offered prayers there. He was accorded a traditional welcome at the Krishnaraja Sagar dam and ushered to the puja spot to the accompaniment of Vedic chants and traditional music. He offered the "bagina" and later descended from the dam and prayed at the idol of Goddess Cauvery even as the priests conducted the rituals.

The water level at the KRS on Monday stood at 124.55 feet as against the full reservoir of 124.80 feet and the inflow into the dam was 21,608 cusecs.

Later, speaking to presspersons Mr. Singh said there were good rains in the State and all the major reservoirs in the Cauvery basin and the Krishna basin were full.Good rains had helped resolve the Cauvery and Krishna waters issues.

Mr. Singh said such rains were not witnessed for many years in the State and parts of north Karnataka were reeling under floods. He had toured the north Karnataka region and the loss is estimated at Rs. 1,037 crores.

All officials have been instructed to camp in the region for one month and carry out the rehabilitation work, Mr. Singh said.

Cauvery issue

The statement of the Chief Minister that good rains have helped resolve the Cauvery crisis this year was seconded by Mr. Kharge.

He said that Karnataka had released 87 tmcft of water till the end of July as against the stipulated release of 67 tmcft.

Referring to the Tamil Nadu Government’s complaint against Karnataka for not releasing water on time, Mr. Kharge said: "We can release water only when there is inflow."

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