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Mahadayi project: K'taka to consider options after 15 days

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Dharwad, Apr 10 (UNI) The Karnataka Government will consider all options, including leading an all-party delegation to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Mahadayi project, which has been stayed by the Union Government at the ''behest'' of the Goa Government, after 15 days, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said today.

Talking to newspersons at the Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI), near here, he said that during the last meeting with the Union Water Resources Minister on the issue, the Goa Government had sought 15 days' time and his government would wait till then. Since the project was for drinking water purpose, there would not be any delay in its implementation it, he added.

The Karnataka Government would not take law into its hands on the lines of some of the neighbouring States for utilisation of river waters, Mr Kumaraswamy quipped, when asked why State could not take up the project like Andhra Pradesh.

The Chief Minister announced that to develop Information Technology sector in the Northern Karnataka region, an IT investors meet had been convened in Hubli on May 20. The present rate of space in the software park in Hubli would be halved to Rs ten per sqft from the present Rs 20 per sqft, besides providing other facilities.

Mr Kumaraswamy, who inspected WALMI premises where the foundation stone for the circuit bench of the Karnataka High Court was laid by the then Chief Minister N Dharam Singh in the presence of the Chief Justice and Governor last year, said the construction works would commence in July. Tender for the same had been notified, he added.

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