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

In a reply to the debate on the Cauvery water issue, he did not answer the specific question posed by the Opposition whether the government was implementing the apex court order. Instead, he said, the government would continue its legal batter after consulting experts on Friday in New Delhi before the CMC meeting.

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