Special board for Cauvery not likey soon: Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari at The Hindu office in Chennai on Monday. (Source: The Hindu)

Union Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari on Monday was non-committal on a possible time frame for the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB), as mandated by the Supreme Court, said a report on The Hindu.

Stating that the panel was “in the process now,” the Minister said, “We are very sensitive and very cautious about water problem in Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and even in Karnataka.”

“It is a very difficult task and it is not a very easy question……..it is a big task. I do not want to give any assurance for that,” – Gadkari

As reported by the Hindu, Mr. Gadkari refused to be drawn into specifics when asked if the Centre had a time frame for establishing the CMB while interacting with the reporters.

“We respect the decision of the Supreme Court. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, they are like two eyes for us. And water is a crucial problem,” the MInister said, adding, “I am a farmer and I know what the problem of the drinking water and irrigation in my area Vidarbha (where over 10,000 farmer suicides happened). So, I am very keenly interested. (I) Will find out some way out.”

However, Mr. Gadkari indicated that the process may not be easy. “It is a very difficult task and it is not a very easy question. But, my track record is whatever I have taken in the hands, I have completed the project. But, it is a big task. I do not want to give any assurance for that,” he said.

Compiled by Susmitha Suresh

Inputs: The Hindu