Karnataka may approach apex court against TN project in Hogenakal

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Bangalore, Feb 28 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao today said that the State might approach Supreme Court against Tamil Nadu government which is taking up the drinking water project near Hogenakal Falls in Chamarajanagara district on the inter-state border.

Speaking to media on the sidelines of a function here, he said the government had written a letter to the Union government protesting against the project which was coming up in the 'disputed area'.

"The area coming under Hogenakal falls belongs to Karnataka and the projects is against the Cauvery river water sharing agreement.

Depending on the response from the Union government the State government would think of going to the Supreme Court," he said.

He said he had held talks with the legal experts in this regard and had also written a letter to the Tamil Nadu government urging it not to go ahead with the project as the matter of Cauvery water sharing was still pending in Supreme Court.

The 'Hogenakal Ulisi Horata Samiti' is agitating against the falls area against the implementation of the project for which Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had laid the foundation on February 26.

The project, to be funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, is being taken up by the Tamil Nadu government at a cost of Rs 1330 crore.

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