State releases 2,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu

Yeddyurappa, aides lay siege to KRS dam

State releases 2,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu

Karnataka on Saturday afternoon released 2,000 cusecs from the Krishnarajasagar (KRS) reservoir to Tamil Nadu. This follows the Supreme Court directive to the Karnataka government to release 2.44 tmc feet water to Tamil Nadu.

Officials of the irrigation department told Deccan Herald they would continue releasing water till further orders. They would have to let out water for 13 days at the present rate of flow of 2,000 cusecs per day to implement the apex court’s order.

The present storage in the reservoir is 11.3 tmc and emptying 2.44 tmc may bring down the quantity to 8.56 tmc. Since a dead storage of 4.45 tmc has to be maintained, a mere 4.11 tmc will be available for drinking purposes.

Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa cut short his “padayatra” from Mysore to Bangalore at Gejjalagere in the district, after news spread that water had been released from the KRS dam. He and his supporters blocked traffic on the busy State highway for some time. The protesters, led by Yeddyurappa, then reached the dam and tried to lay siege to the dam.

Police took the protesters, including Yeddyurappa and former minister Shobha Karandlaje, into custody and took them to Maddur where they were released. Speaking to reporters, Yeddyurappa said Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar should resign as he had no moral right to continue in office.

In Hubli, Shettar said water was being released to Tamil Nadu as per the Supreme Court order. He told reporters that the court order had to be followed, even though the State “faces water scarcity.”

Shettar said an all-party meeting on the issue had already been held and a review petition would be filed in the Supreme Court on Monday. Attempts would be made to apprise the prime minister and the Supreme Court regarding the situation in the State.

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