Dispute over Mahadayi drinking water has agitated people in North Karnataka

Violence breaks out in North Karnataka over Mahadayi water sharing disputeImage for representation
news Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 09:32

Violence broke out, on Monday night, in various places in Karnataka, after no concrete decision was taken during the Karnataka Chief Minister and his delegation’s meeting with the Prime Minister to solve the inter-state row over sharing of Mahadayi water the same day.

Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah  along with and all party team, planned a meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday, for requesting him to convene a meeting with the Chief Ministers of the States, concerned with the sharing of Mahadayi water, seeking a solution to the issue. 

The Hindu reported that, on Monday night, farmers from Yamanur village, pelted stones at vehicles.  Three State transport buses and ten buses had been damaged in Navalgund district. A bus was burnt Arekurahatti village in the night. Situations were tense in Gadag district where the protests have been going on for over a month. Properties of BJP MLAs, Shankar Patil Munenakoppa and C.C. Patil, in Navalgund and Naragund, were targeted and stones were pelted.

The New Indian Express quoted Siddaramaiah saying, "The Prime Minister did not give a specific promise. But we hope that he would arrance the meeting of the Chief Ministers of concerned states, to solve the issue." A PMO statement said Modi suggested that a mutual agreement in this regard among various political parties in all the three states would be necessary.

BJP State unit is also under pressure as people from many cities, in North Karnataka including Hubli-Dharwad are protesting, demanding the State to take up the Kalasa-Banduri Nala drinking water project which will give water to parched cities in the area by diverting water from the Mahadayi river. 

Since July 16, the farmers have been forcing the government for an early solution to the river water dispute, between the three states of Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra.