Karnataka rejects Tamil Nadu plea to release Cauvery water

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

It is not possible to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Saturday after his counterpart Edappadi K Palaniswami wrote to him requesting for 15 thousand million cubic feet, or TMC, of water for his state.

He was speaking to reporters after inaugurating a pillar at the Mettur Dam Park, commemorating the notification of the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in the Union Government Gazette.

On the occasion of Makara Sankranti, Palaniswamy called for the immediate release of the water to the state, as per the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

Last week, the Supreme Court had indicated that it would deliver within a month its verdict on the decades-old Cauvery water sharing dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, saying enough confusion had been created on it for over two decades. He said TN had received only 111.64 tmcft of water as on January 9, 2018 against its entitlement of 179.87 tmcft. Several vehicles, specifically the government-owned buses from both the states were set ablaze. "After reserving the minimum needs of drinking water supply and perennial crops, Karnataka can release at least 15 tmcft to Tamil Nadu to make up a part of the shortfall (68.224 tmcft), which is required to meet the crucial needs of the standing crops in the Cauvery delta", Palaniswamy's letter read. Mr Palaniswami said the Government was committed to continuing this scheme with enhanced allocation in the coming years.He also reiterated that the State government was in good terms with the Centre only for the benefit of people.Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam tabled the first supplementary statement of expenditure for the year 2017-18 in the Assembly. In the letter, Palaniswami added: "The crop season in Karnataka is already over and there is a gross storage of 49.82 tmcft in the state's four reservoirs in the Cauvery river basin".

Siddarmaiah on January 13 expressed hope ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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