TN to file plea in SC to get Cauvery water as per award

TN to file plea in SC to get Cauvery water as per award

Interim petition to be filed in a day or two: Jayalalithaa

TN to file plea in SC to get Cauvery water as per award

 The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday said that it would file an interim petition in the Supreme Court to get its share of the Cauvery water from Karnataka as per the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

“The petition will be filed in a day or two. Required orders will be obtained from the Apex Court and we are hopeful of getting our share of water from them (Karnataka)” Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said in the Assembly. “The water from the Mettur dam could not be released to farmers on June 12 due to its insufficient level in the reservoir,” she said.

Pointing out that Karnataka did not release water during June and July this year as per the tribunal award, Jayalalithaa said that Karnataka and the Union government failed to reply to her letters on the release of Cauvery water.

Promising to protect the interests of Tamil Nadu in two issues related to the Cauvery, Jayalalithaa said that getting due share of water from Karnataka and preventing it from constructing a dam at Mekedatu across the river will be her main agenda.

According to her, if the state does not get sufficient water for cultivation by the end of this month, the government has formulated subsidy schemes worth Rs 64.30 crore for the benefit of farmers.

Mekedatu dam

Following pressure from the Opposition parties after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s announcement during his Independence Day address that a new reservoir would be constructed at Mekedatu across the Cauvery, Jayalalithaa said that farmers in Tamil Nadu are worried over Karnataka's decision to build a dam over the Cauvery.

However, she said Karnataka government has promised that it would not construct  dam without informing the court after responding to the Tamil Nadu's petition in the Supreme Court. “It (Karnataka) has confirmed this in its letter too,” she added. Jayalalithaa said in case Karnataka starts construction at Mekedatu, the Tamil Nadu government led by her will take all necessary legal measures to safeguard the interests of the state.


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