Cauvery row: Karnataka defers water release

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, File Photo

Bengaluru, Sep 22: Defying the Supreme Court’s latest ruling, Karnataka state cabinet on Wednesday night decided not to release more Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu till the state legislature discussed and decided on the inter-state water dispute on Friday.

The cabinet also decided to ask state Governor Vajubhai R Vala to held a special session of the state legislature on September 23 to discuss the issue, as the state is not in a position to release more water owing distress arising out of deficit monsoon rains in the river basin.

A division bench of the apex court on Tuesday ordered the state to release 6,000 cusecs of water per day from Wednesday for a week till September 27. This was double the quantum (3,000 cusecs) directed earlier by its appointed Cauvery Supervisory Committee on Monday for 10 days till September 30.

The state had already released 12,000 cusecs till Tuesday as per the apex court’s September 12 ruling, which was a modification of its September 5 directive to release 15,000 cusecs daily for 10 days from September 7.

BJP’s state unit president B.S. Yeddyurappa has welcomed the cabinet decision and said that the opposition party’s lawmakers would attend the special session and participate in the discussion on the apex court’s order to release water or not.

The BJP had boycotted an all-party meeting called by the chief minister in the evening to discuss the apex court’s order, demanding the special legislative session for passing a unanimous resolution against the release of additional water to the lower riparian state.

“In such a crisis situation, legislature is the right forum to discuss the issue in detail and pass a resolution to protect the state’s interests and benefit the people,” Yeddyurappa, a Lok Sabha lawmaker from Shivamogga constituency, told reporters at Shivamogga, about 300 km from Bengaluru in the state’s Malnad region.

Wefornews Bureau

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