It seems that the slugfest over Cauvery water will extend for some more time. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said that there’s no water to release and they will not release the water. The Supreme Court on Tuesday retained its direction to Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu while asking both the states to maintain peace and harmony.
However, Siddaramaiah says that Karnataka is facing water shortage already and it needs to preserve water for drinking purposes. Meanwhile, the Apex court will today resume its hearing on the issue. A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar are currently hearing the case.
The G S Jha-led Supreme Court appointed team on Monday submitted its report before the apex court after inspecting the Krishnaraja Sagar and the Kabini dams in Karnataka, and the Mettur and Bhavani Sagar dams in Tamil Nadu.
The high-level central technical team also interacted with public works department officials and delta farmers in Thanjavur Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts. The farmers in Tiruchirapalli and delta regions told the team that the samba crop will be damaged if water from the Cauvery is not released by Karnataka.
The Supreme Court had on October 4 directed Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs Cauvery water every day to Tamil Nadu from October 7 to 18 and deferred its earlier order asking the Centre to set up Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) till it finally decided on appeals relating to the age-old water dispute. The apex court had agreed to the suggestion that a Supervisory Committee, comprising officials and technical experts from the Centre, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry, be set up to inspect Cauvery basin for assessing ground realities. On September 30, SC had directed Karnataka to discharge 6,000 cusecs water from October 1-6, warning it that no one would know when the “wrath of the law” would fall on it.