Set up "Citizens' Committee" for handling Inter-State water dispute

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Bangalore, Oct 19(UNI) Former Karnataka Minister and authority on Cauvery H N Nanje Gowda today appealed to the Governor Rameshwar Thakur to consider appointment of Citizen's Committee to oversee the handling of Inter-State water dispute concerning Cauvery, Krishna and Mahadayi.

In a letter addressed to the Governor, copy of which was released to the press here, he said that the Committee may consist Irrigation Experts, Legal Experts, former Legislators, Parliament Members and others.

He said that during the President's Rule, handling of the Inter-State water disputes including Cauvery, Krishna and Mahadayi might pose a great challenge and hence the request for forming a Citizens' Committee.

Mr Gowda said that these water disputes with the neighbouring States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa have huge stakes particularly farmers living in the drought stricken areas.

"If Cauvery is the lifeline for Southern Districts in Karnataka, Krishna is for Northern Districts. Mahadayi waters, though little, hold promise for solving the acute drinking water shortage faced by the twin city of Hubli-Dharwad," he added.

He said that "though the best legal and technical brains have been handling these inter-state water disputes for Karnataka.

However, to maintain the confidence of people during the President's Rule, the involvement of the people of Karnataka is entirely necessary." UNI MSP RM RKN1258

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