K'taka CM urges PM to resolve inter-state water disputes

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Mysore, Aug 15 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resolve water disputes, relating to various irrigation projects, between Karnataka and its neighbouring states.

Talking to newspersons after offering ''pooja'' to Mother Cauvery at the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) reservoir, lifeline of the state across river Cauvery, after the dam reached the full level here, he said the state could not take up drinking water and irrigation projects due to Cauvery dispute pending before the tribunal.

Stating that the best way to resolve various water related disputes or border issues was through the involvement of the Centre, Mr Yeddyurappa said the state was not in a position to pursue both the Kasasabanduri drinking water project and the Kabini second state irrigation works due to legal tangle.

Referring to the Dasara celebrations, the Chief Minister said it would be celebrated as ''Naada Habba''(state festival) and conducted in a special way as almost all the reservoirs in the state were full with good monsoon in the state.

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