Staff Correspondent

  • Demand to scrap award, appoint a new tribunal
  • Memorandum submitted to Deputy Commissioner

    DAVANGERE: Congress workers led by Shyamanur Shivashankarappa, MLA, took out a procession in the city protesting against the award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. They demanded that the Union Government quash the award and appoint a new tribunal comprising agriculture and irrigation experts.

    The agitators took out a mock funeral procession of effigies of the members of the tribunal and burnt them at Gandhi Circle. They also submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

    Addressing the demonstrators, Mr. Shivashankarappa said that the tribunal had been unjust towards the State. He said even a layman could point out the lapses in the award, which was "biased". He wondered how the tribunal expected the State to release so much water to Tamil Nadu when Karnataka was facing a water shortage. The tribunal should have considered the issue from all angles before giving its final verdict, he said.

    He appealed to the Union Government to scrap the award and institute a new tribunal, and suggested that it appoint experts from States other than Karnataka and Tamil Nadu so that their views would be unbiased.

    Mr. Shivashankarappa said that the State's farmers grew only one variety of paddy crop using the waters of the Cauvery while the farmers of Tamil Nadu grew three varieties. Also, the other crops grown in the State did not require the use of much water, while those grown in Tamil Nadu required large quantities of water, he said.