Special Correspondent

Climatic conditions of the region not considered: ryots

Nagapattinam: The final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal is an "injustice" done to the Cauvery delta farmers in Tamil Nadu, said Arupathy Kalyanam, general secretary of the Federation of Farmers Associations in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts, on Tuesday.

He said that the farmers were hoping to get a realisation of at least 300 tmc feet of water at the Mettur reservoir and pointed out that the tribunal gave its verdict without properly taking into account the climatic and other conditions in the Cauvery delta region of Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Kalyanam said that it would be very difficult to raise the short-term kuruvai paddy crop in the Cauvery delta this year and with the verdict, the farmers would be forced to cultivate only single paddy crop hereafter.

He pointed out that unless the delta farmers got 200 tmc feet of water between June and September, kuruvai crop could not be cultivated.

He appealed to the Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, to analyse the whole verdict and take steps to get adequate water for the Cauvery delta irrigation in the State.

He said that even by taking the average realisation of water from 1934 to 2000, Tamil Nadu should get 300 tmc feet of water from Karnataka.

He said the tribunal's verdict was a modified version of the draft proposal that was submitted by the Centre in 1974.