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Updated: December 7, 2012 01:54 IST

Shettar to brief PM on difficulty in releasing water

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Jagadish Shettar, Chief Minister of Karnataka. File photo
Jagadish Shettar, Chief Minister of Karnataka. File photo

Following the Supreme Court’s directive to Karnataka to release 10,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu from December 5 to 9, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has decided to take a delegation to Delhi on Friday and apprise Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat of the “difficulty” in releasing water.

In a 10-page statement in the Assembly on Thursday, Mr. Shettar said farmers’ interests were adversely affected when State governments violated the orders of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, the Supreme Court, the Cauvery River Authority and the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) in the past.

During a debate on the issue, Mr. Shettar did not reply to an Opposition query whether the government was implementing the apex court order. He said the government would continue its legal battle after consulting experts on Friday in New Delhi before the CMC meeting.

The delegation, comprising Minister for Water Resources Basavaraj Bommai, Cauvery basin MPs and Union Ministers from the State, would explain to Dr. Singh and Mr. Rawat the difficulty in implementing the court directive, Mr. Shettar said.

Tracing the history of the dispute between the two States since 1892, he said Tamil Nadu was pleading before the apex court to direct Karnataka to release 52 tmcft of “backlog.”

Mr. Shettar made a similar statement in the Council.

In the morning, he chaired a meeting of the floor leaders of both Houses of the legislature and discussed the implications of the court directive.

As soon as the House met after lunch, Opposition members trooped into the well, demanding that the government not release water.

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It is quiet sad that the TN Govt. has to resort to judicial intervention every year to get water released. I wonder what a waste of tax payer money for both TN and Karnataka in going through this judicial process every year. It would be great to see The Hindu cover some of the wastefull process the Govt. goes through.

from:  Ashwini
Posted on: Dec 7, 2012 at 05:13 IST

God please instill some sense in our politician's and people's mind to understand the importance of developing a long term plan with alternate methods to improve our ground water levels (reducing deforestation, growing trees, rain water harvesting etc). Increasing number of mouths in our state need watering and feeding in the forthcoming years. Vision and planning is not something we can boast of as our politicians cant think beyod 5 years. Less water, no electricity, cant cultivate, let the farmers commit suicide, who care. It is hard to believe it is 21st century- as we never plan. Warming planet, drying water sources, deteriorating agriculture, less energy production,absolutely crap infrastructure, dont care attitude administrators- let us be prepared to see more famine, drought, disease (dengue and other unnamed) and death. By 2050 we should be prepared to pack and migrate to other part of the world or other planet or else tamil speaking species would extinct(including politicians)

from:  cheran
Posted on: Dec 7, 2012 at 00:23 IST
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