A number of farmer leaders have appealed to Union Minister for Shipping G.K.Vasan to get at least two tmcft ( thousand million cubic feet) of water in the Cauvery for drinking purposes in Tamil Nadu.

In a memorandum, Mahadhanapuram V.Rajaram, working president, and Gandhipithan and Dikshithar Balasubramanian of the Cauvery Delta Farmers’ Welfare Association, M.Natarajan, advisor, Cauvery Family, and Puliyur A.Nagarajan , vice president, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee Agriculturists’ Wing, urged Mr.Vasan to take up the issue with Central government.

They said that it was unfortunate that Karnataka had been refusing to release even one tmcft of water for drinking purposes under the pretext of “distress sharing.”

Mr. Rajaram told The Hindu that the most important issue before Tamil Nadu at present was not “kuruvai” or “samba” but drinking water because even the regions along the banks of the Cauvery remained parched. “As most of the aquifers have dried up, not a single well in these regions has water,” he lamented.

He said that Mr.Vasan should apprise the Congress party high command that the growth of party would be seriously hurt in Tamil Nadu if there were to be a campaign against the Centre and Karnataka, as both were ruled by the Congress.