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Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Tuesday expressed hope that the issue of release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu would find a natural resolution with rains becoming active in the Cauvery basin areas.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the nine-day-long Dasara celebrations at the Chamundi Hills in Mysore.
Karnataka had to release water initially, compelled by the Supreme Court and the Cauvery River Authority directions, although the state was facing drought conditions in several parts and the government had declared 106 taluks as drought-affected. Consequently, a very difficult situation arose and people had to suffer for about a month.
A situation arose when Karnataka became helpless and was in a position where it was not possible to release waters to Tamil Nadu. So, the government told its Supreme Court Advocate Nariman that it was unable to release any more water and people in the Cauvery basin area had taken to agitation. At this stage, even the conduct of this year’s Dasara had become doubtful, the chief minister said.
However, nature was coming to the rescue of the state and its people with rains being reported on the very same day of the Supreme Court hearing on October 12. Subsequently, rains over the last 3-4 days, including in the Wynad areas, had brought relief and cheer among the farmers and has raised hopes of Krishnarajasagar reservoir being filled up, Shettar said, hoping that this would resolve the Cauvery issue too.
Recalling that the 402nd year Dasara coincided with the centenary of the Mysore Palace, he said the state government had made a separate allocation of Rs 25 crore in the present year’s budget for the restoration and other works of the old royal house which were attracting record visitors.
Earlier, Siddheswara Swami of Jnana Yogashrama of Bijapur inaugurated the celebrations in tune with the traditions. Underlining how nature can rescue people, he said recent rains had brought relief to poeple who are facing a series of problems like failure of rains, food and water scarcities over the last few months. Otherwise, Dasara celebrations too would not have come through this year.
The nine-day-long Dasara celebrations began from the abode of Goddess Chamundeswari, amidst traditional and religious fervor and flow of pilgrims to the temple. With the launch of the Dasara, a series of programmes, cultural, sports, and academic, will begin from on Tuesday as the overcast evening sky indicates that there would be more rains.