Yeddyurappa demands center to convene meeting of CM's

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Mysore, Aug 15 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take initiative to resolve the water disputes relating to various irrigation projects with the neighbouring states.

Speaking to newspersons after offering pooja to the Cauvery water at Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) reservoir which reached its full capacity following incessant rains in its catchment areas here today Mr Yeddyurappa said that Karnataka was deprived off from taking various drinking water and irrigation projects due to Cauvery dispute pending before the tribunal.

Stating that the best way to resolve the various water related disputes or border issues through the involvement of the Union government Mr yeddyurappa urged the center to take an initiative in this direction.

He said that state was not in a position to pursue both Kasasabanduri drinking water project and the Kabini Second state irrigation works due to legal tangle "Center can intervene and solve both inter-state water dispute and border issues" he said.

Referring to Dasara Celebrations the chief minister said that it would be celebrated as 'Naada Habba' (State festival) and it would be conducted in a special way as almost all the reservoirs in the state are full with good monsoon in the state.

Chief minister also announced the government's intention to modernise the KRS reservoir's main gates which have completed over seven decades. "The reservoir will be equipped with new gates with modern technology even though the original gates were functioning normally" he said.

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