CM Siddaramaiah: Water release to Tamil Nadu to implement tribunal award

Jul 4, 2017

HASSAN: Karnataka is releasing water to Tamil Nadu from KRS dam to implement the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Monday, but asserted he would not allow sacrifice the state’s farmers’ needs to abide by the award.

“We are sparing some water to Tamil Nadu to ensure the final award of the tribunal is implemented,” he said, pointing out that some water is impounded in KRS and Kabini dams. Though he asserted the state farmers’ interests would be protected, he got angry when asked why the government is not releasing water to fill up tanks and lakes in rural areas and said: “Will you go to the Supreme Court (to argue the state’s case?)”

 

According to him, Karnataka is releasing water to stop Tamil Nadu from approaching the apex court.
This comes amid protests in the Cauvery basin, mainly in Mandya, where farmers and other organisations are protesting the release of water from the two dams since June 30.

The CM was critical of Tamil Nadu’s stance on the Makedatu project and said it has always disputed the ground reality and projected that version. It is a balancing reservoir planned across the Cauvery river. The flow of water to Tamil Nadu will not be affected by the dam construction, the CM said, adding that the project doesn’t violate the final award of the tribunal. The DPR has been submitted to the Central Water Commission, he said. Asked whether he expects the Centre to clear it, he responded: “Why will they not okay it?”
The Rs 5,912-crore project is aimed at impounding 66.50 tmcft water, mainly for supply of drinking water to Bengaluru.