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Updated: October 1, 2012 09:43 IST

Water release a strategic move: Shettar

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The Supreme Court had on Friday pulled up the Karnataka government for failing to comply with the CRA directive to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu. File photo
The Hindu The Supreme Court had on Friday pulled up the Karnataka government for failing to comply with the CRA directive to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu. File photo

'It was done to strengthen our case in the Supreme Court’

Faced with little choice but to implement the Supreme Court order on releasing Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said his government had complied with the order to strengthen its case when the matter would come up in the court and to protect the interests of farmers.

Speaking to presspersons on Sunday, Mr. Shettar, accompanied by Minister for Water Resources Basavaraj Bommai, said 7,300 cusecs had been released as of 11 a.m. on Sunday at Biligundlu gauging station. This included 4,400 cusecs from Krishnaraja Sagar.

Mr. Bommai said the release included natural flow, thanks to rain in the last two days. Bhagamandala received 46 mm of rain and this may improve in the days to come, he added.

Three days

Mr. Shettar said the State government would approach the Supreme Court in three days seeking justice for people in the State, who have been facing drought.

He appealed to the farmers and their leaders who have been protesting to maintain peace.

Rebutting the charges made by Congress leaders, including Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah, Mr. Shettar said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had been requested through a memorandum and at the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) meet to send a Central team to assess the situation.

Till it presented its report to the CRA, the hearing could have been adjourned, he added.

The Chief Minister said Mr. Singh had fixed October 5 for hearing from chief secretaries and officers of the States and October 8 from the Chief Ministers on the review petition filed by Karnataka.

Denying that he had walked out of the CRA meeting, Mr. Shettar said he protested only after the Prime Minister made his order and not during the hearing.

He had indeed tried to convince Mr. Singh of the grim situation in the State, he said.

Calls for his resignation were a “political gimmick”, the Chief Minister added.

He praised the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda for his advice during Saturday’s meeting.

Nariman backed

Mr. Bommai denied that State counsel F.S. Nariman had abstained from court; it was only a mention time and there was no need for him to appear before it.

He ruled out replacing him, as he had protected the interests of the State in river waters disputes even during the tenures of S.M. Krishna and Mr. Gowda.

Gates opened

Mandya Correspondent reports:

Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. officials, after getting a direction from the State government on Saturday evening, opened the crest gates of the KRS between midnight and 12.30 a.m. on Sunday.

People across the district staged protests against the State government for releasing water. Life has been thrown out of gear in Mandya, Srirangapatna, Pandavapur, Maddur and Malavalli.

The Cauvery River water sharing between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, it seems , is not based on agreement but on the whims of politicians-in-charge. The agreement should have spelled out concerned states share of water in case of shortage of water intake into Karnataka side dams. The water must be shared by both states per agreement and in proportion to water availability. People protesting on highways and vandalizing property and those political parties behind the protests must punished.

from:  Vijayaraghavan
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 08:53 IST

Rivers are gift from nature. It should not be disturbed on course. In my opinion it belongs to whoever lives along its banks. A sharing formula should be adopted based on the irrigation needs of the land along the banks

from:  Manoj Kumar
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 06:56 IST

Hats off to Karnataka Govt in taking correct step in right time by
making things easier for every one.

from:  s. Balaji
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 06:53 IST

The Hindu paper should place before the country briefly the facts of the present case. When does the water year start, what was the balance water in all reservoirs in both the state. What is the inflow what is the use and what is the balance. How much more is needed in both the states. These information will allow us to make suggestions and some of them may be worthy of consideration. All statements by every one is without having these basic facts. Both are the states are neighbors having long and strong bondage in economic and cultural aspects of life. It is only in respect of this sharing both have taken extreme positions. How much water had gone down to sea in the last ten years. How many years dams have been filled after initial failure. I think both states should educate their people on the need to share and live peacefully.PEACE COMES NOT FROM THE ABSENCE OF CONFLICT BUT THE ABILITY TO COPE WITH IT. Need of the hour statement ship from both sides. Let peace prevail on both sides.

from:  A. Shankar
Posted on: Oct 1, 2012 at 06:41 IST

Karnataka has shown its courtesy now it is for TN to be grateful and not ask for more water and instead tell its farmers to make judicious usage of water failing which this can possibly lead to irreparable damage to inter-state relations.Let CM Jayalalithaa and the politicians of TN thank Karnataka first and not make noise just for political gains.

from:  Akshay Bhatt
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 21:02 IST

Congress leadership should ask its Karnataka Unit not to add fuel to the
fire. Karnataka is releasing water at the directions of the Prime
Minister. Congress men in Karnataka should behave in responsible manner
and should not belittle the authority of the PM and the SC.

from:  Bhagwanji
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 20:02 IST

Finally good sense prevailed in the release of the water which could have been graciously done immediately after the verdict by CRA rather than awaiting strictures from SC. If every situation requires the attention of the SC for justice there would be chaos & anarchy. The need of the hour is professional approach rather than narrow political ambitions. Congrats to KA for avoiding a constitutional crisis.

from:  Stephen Arulraj
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 18:57 IST

Dhamu: Good gesture? What gesture?? The KA govt. has been forced to release water. The painful truth is the present govt. is partially to be blamed for the violence. They didn't want people to see them as "weak" in this issue. They let emotion into this issue, without explaining the truth. Now, when its time to comply with SC order, traffic is affected due to un-informed activists taking to streets. I don't blame one party or the other. Its all of them in KA. They are afraid of losing votes. How on earth can we share water with neighboring countries but not with states? Poor labors from TN living in/around Bangalore would be the worst sufferers. Its high time, all parties in KA got together and explain to the state that by sharing the amount of water prescribed by SC will not "starve" KA state!

from:  Rizwan
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 18:52 IST

by doing this making threats to other people is waste jumping to river
problem for public.blocking pelting stones to other vandalism
everybody will affected in some other situation etc...see a small water
issue are making big one among yourself not others.water is gifted by
god to share every where in india not only for state its flowing from
several one to others states everybody should need water for all basic
resources. if we keep fighting their will be no end ..now also telling
same all are indians& we are south indian neighbours growing both
cities are well know IT business city in india.we have to take care
among ourself from sharing to each and everything they also need to
grow crops this is the time for them to grow .otherwise it will be
affected lot not saying Commonly to KA or TN we are indians to share
everything.living that if we jump in violence,vandalism,pelting
stone,killing,damaging public property it fears to everybody in living
life...pls stop need PEACE. Indian

from:  Raj.s
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 11:43 IST

good gesture by karnataka. Finally supreme court's intervention is needed to solve the inter-state problems. hats off SC for timely verdict.

from:  dhamu
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 11:28 IST

this small water sharing issue making big problems.water is sharing to
each & everybody state to states we can't stop water it is gifted by
god for everybody not to particular states or any other see in India
are Ganga, Indus, Bhahmaputra, Narmada, Tapti , Godavari, Krishna,
Kaveri, Mahanadi, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas, Sutlej, Bharathapuzha,
Periyar & Pumba.these all are to share & it flows state to states to
share water not hold or fight if we keep on fighting in this issue
there will be no End ..pls try to understand other states also what
are crops are growing from whic time or period its starts & end from
that we have to share .we are indian living in same country south
indian & we are neighbours fight is common for all it goes comes but
in this pls don't try to pull language state food culture religion
respect everybody are same but language diffrent try to understand pls
pls fighting among us will not solve the problem what is their we hav
to share that is INDIANS...

from:  Rajshekar
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 11:21 IST
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