Karnataka finally agrees to release Cauvery water for Tamil Nadu
Under pressure from the Supreme Court for not following its 30 September order, the Karnataka legislature unanimously passed a resolution on Monday to release water for irrigation to farmers in the state, some of which will flow to Tamil Nadu.
Despite the Supreme Court order, the Congress government in Karnataka had deferred the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. On September 23, the state legislature passed a resolution stating that the limited water in the Cauvery reservoirs in Karnataka could only be used for drinking purposes in the state.
The SC order required the state to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu per day from 1-6 October. A report from Mysuru said the discharge from the Kabini reservoir was at the rate of 3,500 cusecs. Some 3,000 cusecs of which will reach Tamil Nadu.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the state has no intention to disrespect the Supreme Court’s orders now that rainfall in the past 10 days has eased the water shortage. Tamil Nadu had pressed for Cauvery water to save its paddy crop, but Karnataka refused, citing monsoon failure and depleted reservoirs ever after SC order.