Hogenakkal Drinking Water Project as scheduled: TN CM

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Chennai, May 28 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today said the Hogenakkal Drinking Water Project would be implemented as scheduled and completed by 2012.

In a statement here, he said there was no hesitation or obstacle on the part of Tamil Nadu from going ahead with the project.

The project was being implemented as per the monthly schedule and the government was all set to appoint a Project Management Consultant.

As there was no hindrance to the project, there was no need to write to the Centre or the Karnataka Government with regard to its implementation, he added.

The Rs 1334-crore project, being implemented with Japanese funding, ran into a controversy when Karnataka unit of the BJP led by Mr B S Yeddyurappa took a boat ride to Hogenakkal and claimed it was part of Karnataka, fuelling tension between the two States.

In a bid to maintain peace in the two States, which witnessed widespread violence over the issue, Mr Karunanidhi had offered to put the project on hold till a popular government was formed in Karnataka.


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