State won't release water to TN: Bommai
Minister for Water Resources Basavaraj Bommai asserted that the State will not release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
Reacting to the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC)’s orders to release 4.8 tmc feet of water to the neighbouring state till the month-end, the minister said the CMC order was completely impractical.
“Under no circumstances will Karnataka release water to Tamil Nadu. The CMC has no right to issue the order since the matter is beyond its jurisdiction,” he said.
Bommai was in Chamarajanagar to inaugurate the Honganuru Hirekere Lift Irrigation scheme on Friday.
There are no clear rules on the sharing of Cauvery water during distress, the minister said. The Cauvery River Authority should frame a formula to share water in times of crisis, based on the rainfall in the Cauvery valley, he said.
The government will present its plight before the Supreme Court on December 26, along with statistics related to the total amount of water released to Tamil Nadu so far, Bommai said.