New Delhi, Jan 13: Karnataka government on Saturday rejected Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy’s demand to immediately release seven tmc ft of Cauvery water. While replying to his TN counterpart’s letter, CM Siddaramaiah made it clear that the southern state was not in a position to release Cauvery water.
“We do not have water. How can we supply to them? It is not possible to release water to Tamil Nadu,” the Karnataka chief minister said in a response to Palaniswamy’s letter. The Karnataka chief minister was in the national capital to attend a meeting called by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Earlier in the day, Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswamy had written a letter to his Karnataka counterpart and demanded the immediate release of 7 tmc feet of water to the state as per the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.
Palaniswami had urged Karnataka chief minister to consider the plight of the farmers whose livelihoods depend on a good harvest to release the water.
“After reserving the minimum needs of drinking water supply and perennial crops, Karnataka can release at least 15 TMC ft to Tamil Nadu to make up a part of the shortfall, which is required to meet the crucial needs of the standing crops in the Cauvery delta,” the TN CM had said in his letter.
Last week, the Supreme Court had indicated that it would deliver within a month its verdict on the decades-old water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, saying enough confusion had been created on it for over two decades. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud had said that any forum could touch the matter relating to the Cauvery basin only after it gave the verdict in four weeks.
(With inputs from agencies)