Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has said that the State government will take a decision by Tuesday on approaching the Supreme Court against the order of the Cauvery River Authority to release water to Tamil Nadu.
He told presspersons here on Saturday that though the State had presented the actual position about the availability of water in various reservoirs and the requirement before the authority, it was not considered.
“While the availability of water in the Cauvery basin is 76 tmcft, the actual requirement is around 150 tmcft. The drinking water requirement alone will amount to 30 tmcft,” Mr. Shettar said.
The Chief Minister said the CRA order had been questioned in the review petition filed before the Prime Minister. He said a prayer had been made in the review petition to keep the CRA order in abeyance.
“We will wait till Tuesday when the Prime Minister is likely to take a look it. Based on the outcome of the review petition, we will consult legal experts and approach the Supreme Court,” Mr. Shettar said.
He said the State Cabinet had decided to extend the deadline for one-time settlement for collecting pending water bills in Mysore, Mangalore and Hubli-Dharwad municipal corporations till December 2012.