Set up "Citizens' Committee" for inter-state water disputes

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Bangalore, Oct 19 (UNI) Former Karnataka Minister H N Nanje Gowda, who is an authority on Cauvery, today appealed to 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 the Committee may consist of Irrigation Experts, Legal Experts, former Legislators, MPs and others.

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

Mr Gowda said these water disputes with the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa have a big stake, particularly farmers, living in the drought stricken areas.

''If Cauvery is the lifeline for the 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 cities of Hubli and Dharwad,'' he added.

He said ''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 people was entirely necessary, he added.

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