Karnataka rejects Tamil Nadu's plea for release of Cauvery water

Karnataka rejects Tamil Nadu's plea for release of Cauvery water

The water is to make up for the shortfall in the Mettur reservoir and will be used as drinking water and also for irrigating crops in the Cauvery delta in Tamil Nadu.

This is part of the ongoing tussle between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over water from the Cauvery river, to which both states lay claim. How can we supply to them?

The crop season in Karnataka is already over and there is a gross storage of about 49.82 tmc feet as on January 12, 2018 in the state's four major reservoirs in the Cauvery basin.

While the Supreme Court will be announcing a verdict in the long-running Cauvery dispute by next month, the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) had earlier clarified that the state of TN has the right to receive 192 tmcft of water in a year.

A total of 120 Fire and Rescue Services personnel in the rank of leading fireman, driver mechanic, fireman driver and firemen, and 60 prison service personnel in the rank of grade-I warders (male) will be awarded the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's medals.

The Karnataka chief minister was in the national capital to attend a meeting called by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

As of now, the CWDT's order over the sharing of Cauvery water between the three South Indian states is intact, while the dispute is likely to see its conclusion by February.

"We expect a favourable order", Siddaramaiah added.

This should be done taking into consideration the plight of a large number of farmers of the delta who depend on the success of their crop to meet their livelihood, he said.

Last year, the Mettur reservoir could be opened for irrigation only on October 2, against the normal date of June 12, as the inflow into the reservoir was poor and the storage was inadequate.

Explaining the reason for the extended crop season in the Delta districts this year, the Chief Minister said, "Though Samba cultivation commenced soon and the rainfall due to the Northeast monsoon was helpful in the beginning, the intensity of rainfall became heavy and destructive by the end of October 2017".

"The young crop could not withstand the onslaught of such rainfall and got damaged to a considerable extent". So, the farmers had to replant the crop because of which the crop period got extended.

The CM stated that the water from Karnataka was required at the critical crop growth maturity stage, namely milky and dough stage.

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