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Karnataka starts releasing water from KRS dam

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the Assembly on Monday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the Assembly on Monday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy  

Move comes in the wake of the court warning Karnataka not to invite the "wrath of the court" and asking it to release 6,000 cusecs a day from Oct. 1 to 6.

Soon after a unanimous resolution in the State legislature, Karnataka ended its defiance of the Supreme Court’s orders to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu by releasing 6,800 cusecs of water for irrigation purposes from the Krishna Raja Sagara dam at 8 p.m. on Monday; a large portion of this water is expected to reach Tamil Nadu.

The move comes in the wake of the court’s observation on September 30, warning Karnataka not to invite the “wrath of the court” and asking it to release 6,000 cusecs a day from October 1 to 6.

A report from Mysuru said the discharge from the Kabini reservoir was at the rate of 3,500 cusecs.

Earlier, the legislature passed the resolution to “empower” the government to release water to the State irrigation canals. This meant a quantum of water could be released to Tamil Nadu.

A carefully worded resolution passed by the two Houses which, on September 23, passed a resolution that water could be drawn only for drinking purposes, stated that given the increase in storage levels in the four reservoirs in the Cauvery basin for the past 10 days, “the State government may take an appropriate decision regarding release of water for irrigation in the best interests of the State.”

The open-ended last line of the resolution, which empowers the government to take an “appropriate decision”, drew criticism from the BJP. It cautioned the State government against any release of water to Tamil Nadu using this clause in the resolution.

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