Karnataka to release Cauvery water for its farmers, mum on dispute with Tamil Nadu

The Supreme Court had on September 30 directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from October 1 till October 6.

By: ANI | Bengaluru | Updated: October 3, 2016 9:17 pm
Bengaluru : Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah meets JD(S) Supremo and former Prime Minister, H.D. Devegowda, as he was sits on fast on the cauvery issue with others in front of Gandhi statue at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru on Staturday. PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak(PTI10_1_2016_000163A) Bengaluru : Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah meets JD(S) Supremo and former Prime Minister, H.D. Devegowda, as he was sits on fast on the cauvery issue with others in front of Gandhi statue at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru on Saturday. (Source: PTI Photo)

The Karnataka Assembly in its special session passed a resolution on Monday that the government would release the Cauvery water for the state’s farmers. However, the resolution has no mention of the recent Supreme Court orders, which directed the Karnataka government to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till October 6. During the session, it was argued that due to the increase of water in the four reservoirs from 27.6 tmc to 34.13 tmc, it had been be decided to use the water not only for drinking but farming purposes as well.

“There was 27.60 tmc of water in the four reservoirs. On 23 September, we had decided only to release water for drinking purposes. Now, the storage has gone up to 34.13 tmc. And the farmers in the Cauvery basin are requesting the state government to release the water. Keeping this entire things in mind, this house passes a resolution for releasing water to the farmers for their standing crops and keeping in mind the requirement for drinking purpose,” the resolution stated.

Speaking to ANI, Karnataka Water Minister M.B. Patil said, “The house has authorised to take decision at the best interest of the state. The resolution clearly states that the water will be released to our farmers.” On September 23, the state legislature had unanimously resolved to reserve waters of the Cauvery river for drinking purpose of the people in the state.

The apex court had on September 30 directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from October 1 till October 6 and asked the CWMB to visit both states and file a report on the “ground realities” by October 6. However Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi moved to the Supreme Court against its last order on the Cauvery water. The Attorney General has in his plea stated that only Parliament has the power to constitute the CWMB and not the apex court.

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    Bum
    Oct 3, 2016 at 4:06 pm
    Graded s!
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    IML sood
    Oct 3, 2016 at 4:22 pm
    Why defiance of SC's orders being allowed so long?Is there no rule of law in the country,only politics is becoming supreme.What will be the future of such examples in the times.
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    Vinod
    Oct 3, 2016 at 5:35 pm
    Without knowing ground reality of problem...lot of people are in country like u.. just barking without knowing anything,,
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    n
    Oct 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm
    hmmm
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    K.Madhavan
    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:49 pm
    Is there a difference between stan and Karnataka? Both are law unto themselves, disregarding apex court`s directives. Law makers have become law breakers.
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    Lawfarm
    Oct 3, 2016 at 6:16 pm
    It is best that all people and state governments should respect the supreme court order and in fact court orders. If someone or any party is aggrieved they should follow the procedure as prescribed by law
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    Ramanasree
    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:39 pm
    If an ex Prime Minister resorts for such law violations for mere political advantages who saves the country? The court judgement is not a permanent settlement of the issue; it is just for few days and the governments and people like ex Prime Ministers can not cooperate? Where we are going?
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    Sheik Mohamed
    Oct 3, 2016 at 4:41 pm
    At last Karnataka has relented to release water to TN, may be due to the fear of facing the ire of Apex Court if they continue to defy the order of SC.
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