Siddaramaiah calls for all party meeting on Cauvery issue

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, File Photo

Bengaluru, Sep 21, 2016 : The Cauvery water sharing row has triggered problems for both the states due to shortage of water.

The Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah termed the Supreme Court order as unimplementable and called for a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday to discuss the issue.

Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the state to release 6000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till 27 Sept.

“….the Supreme Court has passed an order, since we do not have water, it is very difficult to implement it. It is an unimplementable order,” Siddaramaiah said.

CM asserted that they already provided certain facts based on ground reality to the Cauvery Supervisory Committee but it still passed an order directing the state to release 3,000 cusecs per day between 21 and 30 September.

Noting that the committee was formed by the Top court, he said it had given a direction on 5 September to Tamil Nadu to approach the committee and also asked Karnataka to file a response to the neighbouring state’s plea.

Despite all this, the Supreme Court has passed an order on Tuesday, he said.

Siddaramaiah also urged people to maintain peace, while assuring that the government “is committed” to protect the interest of the state and its people and farmers.

“There is a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, we will discuss, we are waiting for the copy of the order of the Supreme Court. The (state) Cabinet will take a view, meanwhile, we will consult legal experts also,” he said.

Karnataka will have to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu from Wednesday till 27 September, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday while raising the quantum fixed by the Supervisory Committee by 3,000 cusecs.

A bench chaired by Justices Dipak Misra and UU Lalit has also asked the Centre to constitute within four weeks the Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) as directed by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) in its award.

Wefornews Bureau

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