Devegowda undertakes padhyatra for Cauvery water

Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda on Tuesday undertook a padhyatra in the city demanding drinking water to the metropolis, which depends on Cauvery river.

Hundreds of women with empty plastic buckets joined him in his march from Banappa Park to Freedom Park, highlighting the drinking water problems being faced by people.

Gowda voiced displeasure over release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu when there is scarcity to meet drinking water needs.

"At least two-third of Bangalore depends on Cauvery for drinking water requirements. Drinking water has always got priority from all tribunals," Gowda said.

Gowda, accompanied by Anita Kumaraswamy, MLA, also his daughter-in-law,later submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to ensure drinking water to the city.

Last week the Supreme Court had ordered Karnataka to release 2.44 tmc ft of water to Tamil Nadu, despite the distress situation and the state complied with it.

The padhyatra was also to focus the Centre's attention to not notify the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

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