The Karnataka government on Monday moved Supreme Court expressing its inability to release water as directed by the Apex Court. The government told SC that it cannot provide 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu as its reservoirs don’t have adequate water. The government’s appeal comes two days after a special legislature session passed a resolution stating that Karnataka could not release the water. In a special session held on 23 September, both the Houses of the legislature mandated that Cauvery water shall be drawn only for meeting the drinking water needs of Bengaluru and other towns.
The Cauvery Supervisory Committee on September 19 asked Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs per day from September 21 to 30, but the apex court on September 20 doubled the quantum to 6,000 cusecs from September 21 to 27 after Tamil Nadu pressed for water to save its paddy crop. It had also directed the Centre to constitute Cauvery Water Management Board within four weeks as directed by Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.