Unable to break the deadlock between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over the Cauvery water sharing dispute, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Thursday asked the two states to resolve the issue with urgency.
According to Indian Express, Bharti suggested that both states must approach the Supreme Court with a solution instead of defying court directives. “I really appreciate that both the states are trying to find some solution, we have noted their views, which will be sent to SC,” said Bharti.
The Karnataka government requested the Water Resources Ministry to constitute an expert committee to submit a report on the availability of water in the Cauvery reservoir, Bharti said.
“There was a request from the Karnataka government to our ministry to form an expert committee to take a view over availability of water in the Cauvery basin. The Karnataka Chief Minister (Siddaramaiah) pressed for it. Tamil Nadu could not give its consent to the proposal,” Bharti told reporters after the meeting.
The Siddaramaiah-led government in Karnataka has delayed the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for the second time this week. The Supreme Court had ordered the state to release 6,000 cusecs of water for three days, starting Wednesday.
The Water Resource Minister had called for a meeting with Siddaramaiah and a representative of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who will not be able to attend the meeting due to ill-health.