Bengaluru, Mar 21: Karnataka government has appealed to the neighboring Maharashtra State to release about 4 tmc of water from its two reservoirs to mitigate the drinking water crisis faced in many Districts in the Northern Karnataka.
In a letter addressed to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Phadnivas, Karnataka Minister for Water Resources D K Shiakumar on Thursday stated that several Districts in Northern Karnataka, including Vijayapura, Kalaburagi, Koppal, Bhagalkot, Raichur, Yadagir and Raichur disricts, are reeling under severe water scarcity and people of the region are facing acute drinking water problem.
Seeking to release 2 tmc of water each from Koyna and Ujini reservoirs, the Minister recalled his meeting with Mr Devendra Phadnavis, and discussed about facing the challenge of the drinking water crisis in both the States.
Mr Shivakumar has also recalled the Maharashtra government's gesture, in releasing water to Karnataka, which had helped to solve the drinking water problem faced by the people of several Districts.
The Minister in his letter had also conveyed that the early dry-spell being witnessed in the region, had also badly affected the live stocks, birds and Wild life in the region. (UNI)