Can't release Cauvery water to TN: MB Patil

CM Siddaramaiah and MB Patil

Karnataka has outrightly ruled out releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, in response to the Supreme Court seeking to know how much water the state can release.

“The four major reservoirs in the Cauvery basin hold only 9 tmc water which is not enough to meet drinking water and irrigation needs. 

Because we are facing a shortage, we cannot comply with the Supreme Court directive,” Water Resources Minister MB Patil said. “Our stand will be conveyed to the Supreme Court,” he said.

On Thursday, a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud initially asked Karnataka to release 4 tmc of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu by May 8. Later, however, the bench directed the state to inform how much water it can release.

BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa, too, said Karnataka was in no position to release Cauvery water.

“We don’t have water to even drink. From where do we give them water? Sugarcane, paddy and other crops are drying up for want of water. We can’t give water,” he told reporters at Davangere.

In February, the Apex Court ordered additional intake of 14.75 tmcft of Cauvery waters for Karnataka by reducing the overall quantum of water for Tamil Nadu.

It ordered that the water for Tamil Nadu released at inter-state border at Biligundlu per annum be reduced from 192 to 177.25 tmcft.

The court had ordered an additional 4.75 tmcft for Bengaluru.

 

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