Cauvery row: Unhappy Tamil Nadu demands more water as Karnataka boils
Nowithstanding the violent protests by farmers in Karnataka over the Supreme Court directive to the state to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery river water per day to Tamil Nadu for 10 days, samba paddy farmers and political parties in Tamil Nadu are not satisfied with the quantity of water as ‘it is not enough to meet samba paddy cultivation requirements’.
Mannargudi S. Ranganathan, general secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association, said: “Though we welcome the directive, the quantum ordered to be released is just 50 per cent of our requirement for samba cultivation. Further, if the implementation is delayed by another week, then the essence of the Supreme Court’s order will be in jeopardy as samba season has already begun in the delta.”
Condemning the violence in Karnataka, Ranganathan pointed out that violence was not in the nature of farmers. The agitation in Karnataka was politically motivated and bordered on militancy. It is the duty of Karnataka to contain that and the Centre must not to be a mute spectator, ‘The Hindu’ quoted him as saying.
DMK leader M. Karunanidhi said: “Chief Minister Jayalalithaa should pressure the Central Government to release at least 50 tmc feet of Cauvery water.” He argued that the samba crop would cover 25 lakh acres and would require 200 tmc feet of water. He criticised Jayalalithaa that she has not expressed any opinion so far on the issue and there was no sign of an all-party meeting yet. Various political party leaders in Tamil Nadu demanded an all-party meeting on the issue.
G.K. Vasan of the Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) said the sanctioned quantum was not even sufficient for meeting the drinking water requirements of the people of delta districts.
In Karnataka, protesters intensified their agitation in Mandya district and other parts when the Supreme Court directed to release more water daily to Tamil Nadu for 10 days. They blocked several roads and forced education institutes and commercial establishments to shut down in Mandya on Tuesday.