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TN locked in a Cauvery water war with Ktaka

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Apr 02, 2008 at 12:48pm IST

New Delhi: After battling Kerala on the Mullaperiyar issue, Tamil Nadu is now locked in a water war with Karnataka.

Protests have broken out in Bangalore over the controversial Hogenakkal Fall Water Project on River Cauvery.

Kannada Rakshana Vedike activists are forcing theaters to stop screening Tamil films.

The protests follow Tamil Nadu Chief Minster, M Karunanidhi's recent comment that he will go ahead with the project at any cost. He has also asked the Centre to remove all hurdles in the way of the project.

Karunanidhi's comments came after Karnataka BJP leader, B S Yedurappa led a delegation to Hogenakkal. The BJP wants the project to be declared illegal.

Karunanidhi also said, "Karnataka politicians have threatened to burn our buses. But we will go ahead with the project even if they break our bones. They are doing it for their narrow political interests."

The Rs 1,300 crore project is expected to supply water to the districts of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri.

Sharing of Cauvery water has been a major issue of contention between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for decades.

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