Vijayapura: Former Water Resources Minister and senior Congress leader, M B Patil has urged the Chief Minister, B S Yediyurappa to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the sharing of Krishna water dispute, immediately.
Speaking to newsmen on Thursday, he said that the recent statement of the Union Irrigation Minister, Gajendra Shekhawath, over referring the water dispute to the Tribunal, once again, had raised serious concerns for the people of the Karnataka State.
Stating that the new stand taken by the Union Minister of the issue, would harm the interests of the state. The former Irrigation Minister has said that “there is an urgent need to clarify over the issue on priority basis”.
“Chief Minister should immediately convene the meeting and send a strong signal to the Centre as for sharing of Krishna Water among the riparian states”, he added.
The Krishna, an east-flowing river that originates at Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra and merges with the Bay of Bengal, flowing through Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
A dispute over the sharing of Krishna water has been ongoing for many decades, beginning with the erstwhile Hyderabad and Mysore states, and later continuing between successors Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.