On Saturday, Karnataka and Maharashtra have decided to have better coordination and communication in regards of the flood management and water supply in the regions of drought in both the states.
BS Yediyurappa, the Chief Minister, and the Home Minister, Basavaraj Bommai, held a high level meeting with Jayant Patil, Maharashtra Water Resource Minister, at Bengaluru, in order to resolve the issue related to water in between both the states.
Mr. BS Yediyurappa said that both the states have agreed on sharing the real-time data of rainfall and water release from the reservoirs in Krishna and Bhima basin, to manage the floods.
Yediyurappa also mentioned that both of them had discussed the issues regarding flood management in the river basins. And the decision came to having better coordination and communication in between the states on a ministerial level, secretary level and also at the field level.
The Chief Minister also said that a technical team would work towards getting four TMC water from Maharashtra and in return, Karnataka would release water to the droughty areas of Maharashtra.
Maharashtra would also fund the Dudhganga Dam Project, as the two states have agreed on completion of the project at the earliest, said the Water Resource Minister, Mr. Patil.
The home minister, Bommai, said that since 2013 there had been shortage of water during the months of April and May in the Krishna Basin region, and pointed out that Maharashtra charged money to release water to the state.
Karnataka will not be paying but will supply water in the rainy season to Jath Taluk of Maharashtra, it had been agreed upon in the meeting held at Bengaluru.
The states had been witnessing floods in the Krishna and Bhima rivers since the past three years, followed by downpour in the catchment areas of Maharashtra.