Water Resources Minister D.K.Shivakumar said Karnataka is ready to sign water for water agreement with Maharashtra and said he will seek some time to study to enter such a contract.
“We need time to discuss the issue with experts and for officials to understand the issue in detail before signing any such contract as it could have a long-term impact,” he said.
“Maharashtra has been releasing water to our villages for many years now and we are grateful for that. Till now we are paying money for the water released by them. But now, Maharashtra is asking 4 tmcft of water for the 4 tmcft we are seeking form their reservoirs. We have conveyed to the Maharashtra Chief Minister that we are willing to sign it but will need some time. First, our engineers will seek the opinion of experts and other stakeholders. After that discussion will going on between Karnataka and Maharashtra irrigation officers and they will come to a draft agreement. In the last stage, the two Chief Ministers and Chief Secretaries will ink the deal” he said.
Mr. Shivakumar requested the MLA of Shirol in Maharashtra Ullas Patil to find the solution to the issue of the water crisis.