Describing as “unfair and highly disadvantageous” to Karnataka the Cauvery Monitoring Committee’s directive to release 12 tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Saturday appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to reject it.

In a letter to Dr. Singh, Mr. Shettar said: “The recommendations of the CMC should be rejected by you at the earliest to save the standing crops in Karnataka…” He also said the order might be kept in abeyance.

The CMC order “is unfair and highly disadvantageous to Karnataka”, he said.

The Chief Minister pointed out that at the October 11 meeting of the CMC, it had given a road map of the flow to be received by Tamil Nadu at Biligundlu gauging station considering a 41 per cent distress.

Karnataka has already been releasing 10,000 cusecs, complying with the Supreme Court directive two days ago, an action which has drawn flak from farmers and sparked off protests in the Cauvery basin districts. — PTI

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