Farmers unhappy over SC order

Karnataka should implement the Cauvery Monitoring Committee’s order by ensuring release of 12 tmc feet of water to Tamil Nadu in December, as the Supreme Court on Monday gave legal sanction to it by declining to interfere, according to S. Ranganathan, secretary of the Cauvery Delta Farmers’ Welfare Association.

Reacting to the Supreme Court’s order, he said if Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had objections over quantum of water to be released, the apex court had asked them to approach the Cauvery River Authority.

If they approached the CRA, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should convince the States on the need to release water to Tamil Nadu to save the standing samba crop, Mr. Ranganathan said.

Expressing disappointment over the order V. Jeevakumar and Sukumar, farmers of Thanjavur district said they needed water immediately, but given the fact that the next hearing was only on January 4, and the possibility of Karnataka approaching the CRA, water might not be available for immediate need.

“The farmers are left with no option but to intensify the agitation. Many farmers said State-level agitations would be held to highlight the issue in the third week of December.”

“We have no option but to intensify the agitation”