The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Tamil Nadu Government’s plea seeking release of 50 TMC of water from Karnataka in connection with the Cauvery water row.
The apex court will hear the plea on September 2. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah yesterday said that the state will not be able to share Cauvery River’s water with Tamil Nadu as the rainfall deficit has left the state in acute water crisis.
Addressing a delegation of Tamil Nadu farmers, Siddaramaiah said, “We have only 50 TMC of water, that is 50 percent deficiency, we need water for drinking purposes. Nearly 40 TMC of water will be needed we will be left with just 20 TMC, with that we will have to irrigation and give Tamil Nadu, please understand our position.”
Siddaramaiah has called the meeting of floor leaders of the State Legislative Assembly and the Council on August 27 to discuss Tamil Nadu’s repeated demands for release of water and the situation in Cauvery basin area due to deficit rain fall.