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Panel to work on water issues with Karnataka: Naidu

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Hyderabad , Sept. 21

A HIGH-POWER panel will discuss issues relating to the possible release of water by the Karnataka Government, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, has said.

Addressing a press conference at his residence on Sunday, Mr Naidu described the parleys between him and his Karnataka counterpart, Mr S.M. Krishna, held in Bangalore on Saturday as fruitful.

The Chief Minister called on Mr Krishna to impress upon him the problems faced by the State both terms of drinking water as also for farm requirements and requested Karnataka to release about 50 TMC of water from Almatti and 10 TMC from Naryanpur reservoirs.

Though there was no firm commitment with regard to the release of water, Mr Naidu maintained that the Karnataka Government would consider his request in the interest of people particularly those in the parched areas of the State.

The move to request his Karnataka counterpart personally was necessitated by the State facing worst-ever drought, which has resulted in extremely scarce inflows into Krishna-based reservoirs.

With regard to the probe into the multi-crore stamp scam, where a TDP MLA and former Minister has been implicated, Mr Naidu said given the magnitude of the scam, it would be appropriate to constitute an enquiry by the CBI.

Reiterating his stand for a CBI probe, Mr Naidu said efforts are on by the opposition to gain political mileage. "No one will be spared and all cooperation will be extended in bringing the culprits to book. The matter has assumed significance as it has turned out to be a multi-State issue with Nashik at the centre of the scam."

Meanwhile, the 10-day monsoon session of the Legislative Assembly, is slated to begin Monday in the backdrop of allegations of more people involved in the multi-crore Stamp scam.

Water problem, which has created unrest in some parts of the State, is likely to be another major issue for debate during the session.

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