State to file compliance report in Supreme Court on Monday

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Monitoring committee visits districts in the Cauvery basin

Basavaraj Bommai
Basavaraj Bommai

The State government will file a compliance report on the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu in the Supreme Court on Monday.

Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai told presspersons here on Saturday that the compliance of the apex court order to release 9,000 cusecs of water might keep both the court and counsel F.S. Nariman in good humour and help the State.

He was here to present Karnataka’s case on the issue to C. Jacob, Chief Engineer, Central Water Commission, who is heading a four-member monitoring committee that visited districts in the Cauvery basin in the last two days.


Mr. Bommai said members of the committee visited Tumkur, Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts and interacted with farmers. They assessed the water storage position in K.R. Sagar and the Kabini reservoir from where a major portion of water was being released to Tamil Nadu. They collected information on the requirement of water for irrigation and drinking purposes and inspected crops.

He said that the team was told about the pathetic condition of farmers, especially in the tail-end areas of the reservoirs from where they get water for irrigation. Mr. Bommai said the team seemed convinced about the shortage of water in the reservoirs owing to the failure of monsoon and the problems being faced by farmers.


Later, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar held a meeting with Mr. Bommai and Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar at his residence. It is reported that Mr. Bommai turned emotional while expressing the government’s helplessness in protecting the interests of farmers.

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