Saturday, March 01, 2008

Hogenakkal dispute: Karnataka to move Supreme Court against Tamil Nadu

Karnataka and neighbouring Tamil Nadu’s dispute over the tourist destination of Hogenakkal waterfalls situated along the borders of the two states has been re-ignited after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi inaugurated a Rs 13.3 billion drinking water project from the water falls.

Karnataka Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao told reporters that the State Government had already conveyed its reservations about the project at the disputed site to the Federal Government. “We are ready to move the Supreme Court also in the regard”, Rao said.

Rao opined that Tamil Nadu’s decision to commence work on the Hogenakkal project amounts to injustice to Karnataka. The State Government has already consulted legal experts in New Delhi and is awaiting their views before proceeding to move the Supreme Court.

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been locked in a dispute over the picturesque Hogenakkal island, which also features waterfalls from a tributary of river Cauvery, draw hordes of tourists every day.

Though a Commission has been set up to survey the land situated exactly on the borders of the two states, its final report has not been submitted yet.

Though Karunanidhi laid foundation stone for the project at function organized at Dharmapuri, a large number of activists representing various farmers and pro Kannada organizations went to Hogenakkal water falls to protest the project and courted arrested.

Meanwhile, the State Government has issued directions to the district administrations of Bangalore urban and Chamarajanagar to maintain beef up security in view of the likely threat to law and order on account of the development.

Tamil Nadu’s decision to go ahead with the project despite opposition from Karnataka has drawn flak from various politicians in Karnataka. Former Minister K S Eshwarappa, who held the portfolio of Water Resources during H D Kumaraswamy’s regime as Chief Minister, warned the Federal Government as well as Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur of a possible law order problem over the issue.

He also accused the Tamil Nadu Government of launching an irrigation project in the garb of a drinking water project at Hogenakkal.

10 comments:

Krishnasamy said...

This is drinking water project only and unnecessarily politician goofing up the to get vote from Kannadigas. One thing we should not forgot...We are in India and we are Indian. If this project really disturbs irrigation in Karnataka, yes it can be a issue..but I don't thing so..
- Krishna

Anonymous said...

Krishna,
Please get your facts right on the cauvery trinbunal verdict and where do the water inflow to Tamil nadu is measured. Then you will realize why it is an issue.

David Cross said...

Why should TN fight everytime for water with Karnataka to get its due share of the Kaveri water?

How many times Karnataka govt needs to be chided for breaking the Supreme court verdict?

Why is this project even a dispute? Should we go to war with Karnataka to solve this problem once in for all?

Looks like Karnataka people have a massive inferiority complex with their abyssimal movie industry and they try to shield their incompetency by banning other language movies, channels, banning dubbed movies from other languages and destroying properties of Tamil minority in the state. What is the sadistic joy they get in denying TN its due share of Kaveri water? Instead of fanning regional hatred, the Kannada politicians should concentrate on the real issues like fixing the pathetic roads and infrastructure of Bangalore city and Karnataka state.

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Harini said...

Hi David,
Do not talk abt kannada people. Once we stand together , i think you all will have to go back to your places. There is a valid reason for why Kannada people are struggling .

First of all , Hogenakkal itself belong to karnataka. I do not know if you have ever gone there. All the villages surrounding belong to karnataka. There is a limit to fetch the things and now it is enough you all have to stop this.

I have observed one thing with the our Tamil people. When somebody gives place they have to give respect for that have to just leave there peacefully and we also love that . Instead of that just coming to karnataka for food and shelter and after some time they say that the place itself is theirs as they did in srilankha or Singapore.
You know , British took coastal Tamil people to near by countries for labor work after some time they try to overrule that country itself , you promptly tell us how good is that .
Be humble always .

Do no talk any thing abt Kannada and Karnataka.
If you come for a war no doublt you will be done deal on that day as how pallavs gone out. Hope at least you know history.

Harini said...

Hi David,
Do not talk abt kannada people. Once we stand together , i think you all will have to go back to your places. There is a valid reason for why Kannada people are struggling .

First of all , Hogenakkal itself belong to karnataka. I do not know if you have ever gone there. All the villages surrounding belong to karnataka. There is a limit to fetch the things and now it is enough you all have to stop this.

I have observed one thing with the our Tamil people. When somebody gives place they have to give respect for that have to just leave there peacefully and we also love that . Instead of that just coming to karnataka for food and shelter and after some time they say that the place itself is theirs as they did in srilankha or Singapore.
You know , British took coastal Tamil people to near by countries for labor work after some time they try to overrule that country itself , you promptly tell us how good is that .
Be humble always .

Do no talk any thing abt Kannada and Karnataka.
If you come for a war no doublt you will be done deal on that day as how pallavs gone out. Hope at least you know history.

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CHETAN said...

Its is just on the humanity basis and not a compulsion for Karntaka to leave water to you tamil people which you are fighting as a right.The meaning of Hogenekal only tells to which state it belongs.and someone has said about kannada film industry just see your industry how many are purely tamilians.film is not everything for life we are not mad fans like you people to only watch films and worship we have other better things to do.and Mr david if roads are bad you can get lost to your dirty chennai where even our pigs dont like to stay.