The Karnataka government said it will oppose Tamil Nadu’s plan to take up the second phase of the Hogenakkal combined drinking water project.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin had said a detailed project report would be prepared for the second phase of the Hogenakkal Integrated Drinking Water project at an estimated cost of ₹4,600 crore.
It is aimed at supplying water to Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts in Tamil Nadu.
Opposition by Karnataka
Karnataka government would legally oppose the proposed project by Tamil Nadu as it falls within the geographical jurisdictions of both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The Survey of India has not finalised the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border at Hogenakkal.
Any project that Tamil Nadu wants to implement in the Cauvery basin should be in line with the allocation of water made by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and Supreme Court orders.
Tamil Nadu has not placed the proposed project before the Tribunal or the Supreme Court.
As per Section 13 of the Cauvery Tribunal’s order, the Hogenakkal project should be taken up through the Central Water Commission.