It's scarcity here, can't give water: Karnataka CM to Tamil Nadu

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said the state is not in a position to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu as there is insufficient storage in its reservoirs.

"How can we release water when storage levels in our reservoirs in the Cauvery river basin are low?" However, Karnataka till January 9 had released only 111.647 tmcft, leaving a deficit of over 60 tmcft. Siddaramaiah said in New Delhi, PTI reported. "We do not have water". How can we supply to them?

When mediapersons drew his attention to the refusal of the Karnataka government to comply with the Tribunal's order, Mr. Palaniswami said Tamil Nadu was expecting a favourable verdict from the Supreme Court.

Siddaramaiah was in the national capital to attend a meeting called by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

The long-standing dispute over Cauvery river water was settled by the Supreme Court with the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, which declared the final award on how the water must be shared between the three states of TN, Karnataka and Kerala.

In his letter, Palaniswami said water in the Mettur reservoir in Tamil Nadu was "grossly inadequate" to meet irrigation needs of farmers and for people's drinking water needs.

Palaniswami demanded an immediate release of 7 tmcft of water and the balance within a fortnight from the existing storage.

He also pointed out at, though the northeastern monsoons did help in Samba (a strain of rice grown in TN) cultivation this agriculture season initially, but as the monsoons intensified further, most of the crops were destroyed by October-November 2017. "The farmers of the Cauvery delta had to replant the crop, as a result of which the crop period got extended".

The CM stated that the water from Karnataka was required at the critical crop growth maturity stage, namely milky and dough stage.

"At this instance, I would like to point out that the farmers of Cauvery delta lost their crop past year, 2016-17, due to deficit inflows into Mettur reservoir", Palaniswami added.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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