Cauvery water row: Centre has to play bigger role in resolving water disputes, says CM Siddaramaiah

Siddaramaiah said Karnataka had no intention of denying Tamil Nadu its share of water.

Written by Amitabh Sinha | New Delhi | Published:October 1, 2016 4:41 am
Siddaramaiah, Cauvery, Cauvery water row, Cauvery water, Cauvery water dispute, Cauvery karnataka, Cauvery tamil nadu, india news “I think the Centre should frame a separate national policy to deal exclusively with sharing of waters and inter-state disputes,” Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Friday said the Centre needed to play a “greater and more proactive” role on water-related issues, especially when it came to resolving inter-state disputes.

But he stopped short of supporting suggestions that the subject of water needed to be moved to the Concurrent list from the State list, where it is now. “I have not given adequate thought to these kind of suggestions,” he said.

As the Supreme Court continued to remain unmoved to his state’s plea on release of Cauvery river waters to Tamil Nadu, Siddaramaiah suggested inter-state sharing of waters should be dealt with through a “clear national policy” and not by courts.

“I think the Centre should frame a separate national policy to deal exclusively with sharing of waters and inter-state disputes. I believe the Centre has a much greater and proactive role to play in resolving such disputes. Otherwise, situations like the one we are faced with will continue and people will suffer,” he told The Indian Express.

The Centre did convene a meeting of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Thursday, on the directions of the Supreme Court, but no breakthrough could be achieved.

Siddaramaiah said Karnataka had no intention of denying Tamil Nadu its share of water.

“We have been sharing Cauvery waters for several years. We have always released water, whatever is due. But come and look at our reservoirs, we do not have any water to release at this time. The fact is that there has not been enough rain in the catchment areas this year and that is not hidden from anyone. We are not hoarding water. The only thing we are trying to ensure is that our people are not deprived of drinking water,” he said.

He said Karnataka had been repeatedly asking for an expert body to come and assess the water situation in the state, but even the Supreme Court had remained unconvinced till now on this proposal. “Let the experts come and decide whether what we are saying is correct or not,” he said.

He hinted that Karnataka could have been inclined to accept the decision of the Supreme Court-mandated Supervisory Committee on Cauvery, which had asked the state to release 3,000 cusec of water throughout the day from September 21 to September 30. “But that order (of the committee) was changed the next day by the Supreme Court, and doubled to 6,000 cusecs. We did not have that much water to release,” he said.

Siddaramaiah said the current deadlock could slowly defuse once Tamil Nadu starts receiving rain through the north-east monsoon, but such disputes between other states were likely to continue.

“That is why I want the central government to quickly initiate a dialogue with all the states towards framing a national policy on water (disputes). I have had a conversation with Umaji (Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati) on this. I have also written a letter to the Prime Minister and sought an appointment. A national policy, according to me, is the only solution,” he said.

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    Arunachalam Iyer
    Oct 1, 2016 at 1:12 am
    It is neither center nor state. Politicians of both states should stop playing dirty games, stop instigating, stop damages to public /private properties. Share things, take measures to harvest water, preserve and conserve resources. In both states water bodies encroached, sand mining is;br/gt;Dirty vote bank politics is killing the country. Now it is nearly a month that interstate transport of commodities has come to grinding halt,common man finds it difficult to commute, many perishables lost. With festive season things getting worse. Get hold f instigators and take them to task. Congress is pushed to tight spot, if they leave water then public unrest, if they do not then contempt of court, but vote bank support. Atleast in future let us live together. Water crisis will only increase if not tackled judiciously
    1. J
      Oct 3, 2016 at 2:39 pm
      Modi, not replied to six letters from CM. Does Modi has eligibility to be any any respectful position. amm admise bath karneka boltha he, en CM ka letter reply nahi kartha.,,if that is the way works now, why should Karnataka respond to supreme court order.
    2. J
      Oct 1, 2016 at 1:37 am
      Siddharamaihji now centre entering into Cauvery water dispute bet you and Tamilnaadu will become disrespecting judicial acts. First honour the Court directions then go to your leader Rahulji for solving the issue as he always thinks he is Super personality
      1. G
        Oct 3, 2016 at 3:50 pm
        Sir,lt;br/gt;I apprehend that by defying the Supreme Court the Karnataka govt., has willy nilly paved the dangerous path for the BALKANISATION of our motherland with full support from the present BJP ruled Central govt. Please don't mistake me. Sonia hi's Congress is equally guilty for such a dangerous development. We do not need STAN or CHINA to destroy this land of Buddha and hi as we have the Deva Gowdas, Sitaramaiyas, Ediyurappas , Ananta Kumars and Patils. The Hon. Supreme Court is defied with impunity is a very dangerous development that cuts at the very root of our democracy.
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          Sankaran Krishnan
          Oct 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm
          For the mess created by the Karnataka and its Politicians it is a slap on their faces to deny water and instead releasing the quantum the Karnataka tried to play politics over the issue which now suffers at the hands of the Judiciary. The only way to punish the Govt. is to disqualify the CM and its Ministers and whoever protests against the Court order for their life time !!!
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            Anand Ch
            Oct 1, 2016 at 2:00 am
            SC should not have stepped into this mess. Let them settle with available forums and panels. SC should never accept such peions where it has no reach nor expertise.
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              Parmatma Rai
              Oct 1, 2016 at 2:56 am
              Please honour the SC order first and then ask for a "National Policy". The river is property of both states and no excuse of short of rain etc.Don't keep politics above the SC,it may harm the state's interest. NO ARROGANCE PLEASE.
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