India – Treat Pavagada water crisis as a human problem – says HC

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Article courtesy by TNN | January 4, 2013 | Times of India | Shared as educational material only

BANGALORE: The Karnataka high court on Thursday suggested to both Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh governments to treat the water crisis in the border taluk of Pavagada as a ‘human problem’ and resolve it.”If minds and hearts get together, it can be solved,” a division bench headed by acting Chief Justice K Sreedhar Rao observed.

“It is a matter for engineers, why should the state think it is impossible,” Justice BV Nagarathna who was part of the bench asked the counsel representing Andhra Pradesh as he repeatedly said that the existing pipeline cannot take more water.

“It is not about sharing water. There is no such demand. That is settled. It is only about compensating. You can adjust the same at Rayadurga or Kalyanadurgam, which is also facing acute water shortage,” Justice Sreedhar Rao observed while adjourning the hearing to January 17.

The PIL is filed by a number of organizations, including the Karnataka Rashtriya Kisan Sangha, the Indian Medical Association(Pavagada ), Indian Medical Association seeking for supply of drinking water to Pavagada taluk through the pipeline laid for the Neelakantapuram Srirami Reddy water project in Andhra Pradesh.They claim that the 10 km pipeline passes through Pavagada taluk, the territory of Karnataka.

Govt asked to file status report

A division bench headed by acting Chief Justice K Sreedhar Rao on Thursday directed the state government to file a status report with regards to implementation of MNREGS scheme in the state.

“The state government should file a status report…about those already implemented, under implementation and those proposed, in three weeks time,” the bench has said in its order.

The order was passed on a PIL claiming that projects initiated in 2008 under the scheme in a village in Davanagere district are yet to be completed though the money had already been released. The petitioner has complained that it is the same story all over the state.

HC summons Bar council secretary

A division bench headed by acting Chief Justice K Sreedhar Rao ordered issuance of summons to the secretary of Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC) asking him to appear on January 10.

This was in connection with a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by Vishwanath Swami, a social activist and president of an NGO called ‘Forum Against Exploiting Godmen’. The petitioner has pointed out that various bar association are frequently passing resolutions for boycotting court proceedings in violation of the apex court’s order.

Though the court had ordered notice in the PIL, there was no representation on behalf of the KSBC.

The petitioner has sought for initiation of legal action against advocates boycotting courts and also framing of rules in this regard.

The court has appointed senior advocate MR Nayak as amicus curiae to assist the court in this case.

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