Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said there was no water in the state’s reservoirs. The Karnataka CM was responding to the Supreme Court order directing it government to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till further orders.
Following the top court’s order, Siddaramaiah, interacting with reporters, said: “There is no water at our reservoirs, I have not yet seen the order copy. I will speak to the advocates after going through the order copy.”
The apex court on Tuesday retained its direction to Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till further orders and asked the two governments to ensure peace and harmony, saying citizens should not become law unto themselves.
“We intend to first adjudicate the issue of maintainability of appeals filed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. At this juncture, the interim order dated October 4 directing Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu will continue till further orders,” the bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar had said.
Gowda, the President of Mandya Zilla Raitha Hitharakshana Samiti (MZRHS), which is spearheading the Cauvery agitation in Mandya, said: “we should maintain peace until tomorrow’s hearing.”
“The court might have asked us to release 2,000 cusecs of water to test Karnataka government’s patience….If they again ask us to release water tomorrow, we can reject it. There is no dharma in leaving water to them for crops, when we don’t have it even for drinking,” he added.
The committee has stated 42 of the 48 talukas of Karnataka in the Cauvery basin have been affected by drought. The team was constituted as per orders of the apex court to assess the realities in the Cauvery basin areas in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
On Tuesday, after the top court announce its order, the Karnataka government filed a petition in the court asking for larger constitutional bench to be constituted to look into the dispute. A bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice AM Khanwilkar are currently hearing the case.