Karnataka Minister to hold talks with Maharashtra on water crisis faced by border districts
Karnataka’s water resources minister D K Shivakumar reportedly said he would hold talks with Maharashtra’s water resources minister to find a permanent solution to the water crisis prevailing in the border districts of Karnataka. The decision comes after his visit to the Rajapur barrage in Shirol taluk of Kolhapur district on Saturday.
The minister reportedly said, “The matter of exchanging 4 tmcft water between both states is under consideration and will be finalized only after deliberations between both states.” Irrigation officials, some of the elected representatives from Belagavi and few Maharashtra officials accompanied Shivakumar during his visit to the Kallol, Manjari, Ugar barrages on the Krishna River. Notably, Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has written about an MoU between the two states to Kumaraswamy and the Karnataka chief minister has sought some time to take a decision in this regard. Shivakumar reportedly said, “We want farmers of both the states to get benefit from the MoU and we are working on it.”