Not In A Position To Release Cauvery Water To Tamil Nadu: Siddaramaiah

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah DH file

Asking for a total of 15 tmc ft of water, the TN CM asked his counterpart to take the plight of farmers into consideration and release 7 tmc ft immediately and the rest, within a fortnight.

When mediapersons drew his attention to the refusal of the Karnataka government to comply with the Tribunal's order, Mr. Palaniswami said Tamil Nadu was expecting a favourable verdict from the Supreme Court.

"Former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa waged legal battles to protect the interests of the farmers of Tamil Nadu with regard to the Cauvery water dispute", he said. "But on 9.1.2018, only 111.647 tmc ft of water has been realized at Billigundulu against the 179.871 tmc ft due by that date...", the letter stated. How can we supply to them?

"I hope the Tamil Nadu government will understand the ground reality as Karnataka has not received sufficient rainfall for the past several years", he said.

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"Tamil Nadu has to get 192 tmc ft of water in a year at Billigundulu, as per the monthly schedule specified in the order". Mr Palaniswami said the Government was committed to continuing this scheme with enhanced allocation in the coming years.He also reiterated that the State government was in good terms with the Centre only for the benefit of people.Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam tabled the first supplementary statement of expenditure for the year 2017-18 in the Assembly.

He said the storage in Mettur reservoir in Salem district, which caters to the Cauvery delta region, as on January 12 was a "meagre" 21.27 tmcft even as the utilisable storage there was 16.27 tmcft.

This water is required to meet the crucial needs of the standing crops in the Cauvery delta, the Tamil Nadu chief minister asserted.

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