Belagavi, May 6 : Karnataka Minister for Water Resources D K Shivkumar today announced that the State government is in principle accept Maharashtra’s demand for signing a permanent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the sharing water for water between both States. Addressing the media here on Monday after holding a meeting with the senior officials and elected representatives of Belagavi, Vijayapur, Bagalkot district over the issue of Maharashtra’s demand. He said that Maharashtra State is demanding release of 4 tmc ft of water from Tubachi Babaleshwar Lift Irrigation Scheme in Vijayapura taluk to Jatt taluk in Sangli district.
The demand is for of 2 Tmc ft of water during Rabbi and 2 tmc ft in Kharif season. In exchange, Maharashtra will release same quantum of water to Krishna river from Rajapur barrage during summer, he added.Maharashtra was releasing water to Karnataka from 2004 during summer. The state government was paying money for it. However, since last two years it is not accepting money but demanding water for water. Further, he said Maharashtra want water at its border from Vijayapura hence a Technical Committee will be formed to study the possibilities as well as pros and cons of signing MoU, he added. Minister for Forest Satish Jarkiholi, who is also Belagavi District Incharge Minister, Rajya Sabha Member Prabhakar Kore and others were present. (UNI)