Farmers continue protest; wants CRA to review its order

Farmers continue protest; wants CRA to review its order

 A day after Karnataka government stopped release of water to Tamil Nadu citing low storage in K R S reservoir, farmers here said they would continue their dharna till the Cauvery River Authority reviewed its earlier directive.

"Till the CRA headed by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave its verdict, we will continue the agitation", former minister and leader of Cauvery Hitarakshana Samithi (Committee spearheading the stir) M S Atmananda told reporters at Mandya, hotbed of the Cauvery stir.

Karnataka has been requesting the CRA to stay its September 19 order asking the state to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu daily till October 15 and keep it in abeyance till the decision was subjected to review.

The Cauvery Monitoring Committee is expected to meet in Delhi on October 11 at which the reports of the two central study teams that visited both the states are likely to be debated.

Farmers claim that water was still flowing into Tamil Nadu though the Irrigation Department fficials say crest gates have been shut.

"We will continue the stir for two more days and await the outcome of the Monitoring Committee", Atmananda said.

A group of farmers blocked Mysore-Bangalore road today also demanding early review of CRA decision.

Cauvery Hitarakshana Samithi President G Madegowda also continued his dharna.Farmers would decide their future course of action after learning from the Supreme Court which had adjourned the state's petition on the dispute to October 12.

The apex court had said its order directing Karnataka to supply 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu will not be an impediment in the Prime Minister deciding on the review plea.
Gowda demanded an announcement from the state government on stoppage of water.

The water stoppage came yesterday hours after Singh made it clear only the CRA can review its order directing the state to release 9,000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu.

Karnataka had said it will file a review petition on October9 before the Cauvery River Authority.

The state has been releasing 9,000 cusecs since September 30 in compliance with the Supreme Court order to honour the CRA directive.