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Karnataka CM Bommai, NCP chief Pawar meet, hold talks over water sharing

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and Karnataka CM Sharad Pawar held a meeting yesterday on the water sharing from Mahadayi and others that originate in the Maharashtra-Karnataka border. Both the leaders pitched for mutual understanding on the issue.

Karnataka CM Bommai, NCP chief Pawar meet, hold talks over water sharing-ycb
Bengaluru, First Published Aug 7, 2021, 4:03 PM IST

Two months after Karnataka and Maharashtra mutually agreed to share real-time data on rainfall and reservoirs in Karnataka and Maharashtra, yesterday NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai met on the subject of water sharing and flood management.

The meeting between the new CM and Maharashtra strongman gained importance as on June 18, Maharashtra Water Resource Minister Jayant Patil and former Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa had met and mutually agreed on sharing the rainfall data and Krishna and Bheema reservoirs to mitigate floods at both the state borders.

The leaders agreed for another round of discussion in the interest of both the states as its borders are suffering either due to drought or due to unimaginable floods.

Karnataka and TN continue to exchange barbs on water row
The relation between Maharashtra and Karnataka over water dispute may not be that big but the gravity of issue over water sharing between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka is volatile.

After a long battle over Cauvery water sharing ended by tribunal awarding water share to Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, now Karnataka's proposed Mekedatu dam has irked TN and Puducherry governments.

Despite assurance from Karnataka that the proposed dam is to ensure the wastage of water is addressed during rains and the same is diverted to needy villages in Hogenakkal and surroundings and may not impact Tamil Nadu's share, TN is reluctant.

After ruling DMK, Opposition AIADMK and BJP also has been protesting against the project. However, Karnataka seems to be in no mood to drop the project and has requested the Jal Shakti minister and PM Modi to help Karnataka safeguard its genuine interest by giving environmental clearance.

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