'Karnataka Govt to petition PM on Hogenkal'

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Bangalore, Nov 6: Karnataka Government will submit a petition to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh if Tamil Nadu government goes ahead with its plan on the controversial Hogenakkal drinking water project, without addressing its concern over the issue, Karnataka Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Thursday, Nov 6.

Talking to newspersons here Mr Bommai, took strong exception over Tamil Nadu government's move to call for global tenders for the project and alleged that the project was beieng taken up with political intentions with elections round the corner'. Mr Bommai, who also met with Secretary Union Water Resources ministry on Wednesday, Nov 5 said Karantaka has lodged a strong protest on Tamil Nadu government's latest move on the project. ''We will wait for the response from the Centre over Karantaka's objection before embarking on other options to stall the Tamil Nadu government's move on the project'' he said.

Stating that he had discussed Tamil Nadu government's latest initiative to call for global tenders for the controversial project, Mr Bommai hinted that among other options, Karantaka might also write to the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) which is reportedly financing the project to desist from doing so. ''The Tamil Nadu government had done a similar thing when Karantaka wanted to raise funds from JBIC to its ambitious Tank rejuvenation project in its Cauvery basin region'' he said.


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