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Updated: December 7, 2012 11:26 IST

Karnataka begins to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu

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An aerial view of the River Cauvery. Karnataka on Thursday night began releasing Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu from the Krishna Raja Sagar Reservoir as per a Supreme Court directive. File photo
The Hindu An aerial view of the River Cauvery. Karnataka on Thursday night began releasing Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu from the Krishna Raja Sagar Reservoir as per a Supreme Court directive. File photo

Karnataka on Thursday night began releasing Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu from the Krishna Raja Sagar Reservoir as per a Supreme Court directive.

Irrigation Department sources said four crest gates of the reservoir have been opened for releasing water.

The apex court had on Wednesday in an interim order directed Karnataka to release 10,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu, and asked the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) to hold its meeting to decide the amount of water required by the states. The court had also said the interim order would continue till the CMC files its report.

It also asked the Committee to meet on December 7 or December 8 to find out water requirement for crops in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for the month of December. The report would be submitted to the authority concerned.

“Both states are distressed and we have to see that we can save crops of both the states. We would keep our eyes open to the requirement of both the states and find out practical solution of the problem,” the bench had observed.

Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar had stated in the Assembly that he would lead a team of MPs from the Cauvery basin on Friday to meet the Prime Minister for apprising him of the distress situation in his state.

The delegation would brief him on the “poignant situation” in the state which is hit by drought and water shortage, Mr. Shettar said.He said they would also seek legal opinion and views of experts before deciding the next step on the issue.

This report has been corrected for factual errors

The winners are Jagdish Shettar and the Prime Minister (whoever it is). The losers are the farmers of Tamil Nadu. Long Live Demo-cracy!!!

from:  Krishnan S
Posted on: Dec 7, 2012 at 21:50 IST

Though initially wavered, Karnataka has taken a right stand on release water.
As an advocate, I conceive the apex court's order is one of the best orders – it has considered all aspects:
The status report of states for direction on interim release,
Seeks report of the CMC for further release and
Gazette-publication details from centre for permanent solution.
The centre is misconceived in not publishing Tribunal order.
The centre is duty bound to publish the judicial order – It cannot stand in the way of settlement or be partial to take sides to withhold the orders.
The Tribunal's order is null until it is given statutory stamp of merit with Gazette-publication.
The appeals of states on a null-order, are premature. If aggrieved, a state can go for appeal only after Gazette publication.
Even otherwise, when the apex court has not stayed the impugned order, the centre is not justified in withholding Gazette-publication.
The Supreme Court is on right direction to end disputes.

from:  K. Subashchandran
Posted on: Dec 7, 2012 at 15:34 IST

Thanks Karnataka!

from:  Kasirajan
Posted on: Dec 7, 2012 at 08:55 IST

There are two errors in this report.
1. The current reservoir level is stated as 9.08 feet while the full level is 124 feet. Sounds odd. 9 feet is nothing against 124. It cannot be 9. Perhaps 90 feet?
2, It also says 10,000 cusecs of water per day. The "per day" is meaningless. A cusec means cubic feet per second. Cusecs is already a rate of flow. When you say "per day" it then can only be a total volune. The flow goes till the end of the time stipulated. Here the SC said from Wednesday till Sunday.

from:  Dr. Sethuraman Subramanian
Posted on: Dec 7, 2012 at 07:43 IST

Intelligent move by Karnataka. It is better to obey supreme court orders.

from:  Nanjundappa
Posted on: Dec 7, 2012 at 07:35 IST

Good to know this. Farmers might have a small relief now. Hope the two
state govts will come into some agreement thats mutually beneficial.

from:  Raja
Posted on: Dec 7, 2012 at 07:34 IST

Once this matter is in Supreme Court, how can the team from Karnataka
meet PM and appraise the situation?

from:  N R Ravisankar
Posted on: Dec 7, 2012 at 05:19 IST

it is high time both the states realise and stop cutting trees and grow more trees at least 15 crore trees to be planted in both the states so that rian pattern changes and there will be enough rain and water problem will solve.

from:  swami krishnananda
Posted on: Dec 7, 2012 at 03:54 IST

Long awaited smile to TN farmers who are affected by not letting Cauvery waters in.

from:  Prithvi
Posted on: Dec 7, 2012 at 02:59 IST
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