Farmers outfit decry release of Cauvery water

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 19:41 hrs

The Cauvery Hitarakshana Samithi on Thursday slammed the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) direction to Karnataka to release 8.75 tmc ft of water to Tamil Nadu and declared “we will not allow the government to release water”.

Reacting sharply to the CMC directive, the Samithi President G Madegowda, who has been spearheading the stir said “the committee has no right to give any direction. At any cost we will not allow the government to release water”.

Flaying the Monitoring Committee decision, he said “injustice is being meted out Karnataka. We will wait for the Supreme Court order”, he said.

The Supreme Court is likely to hear the petitions filed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the issue tomorrow. Gowda said farmers will keep a watch on the KRS reservoir and if water was released, they would lay seize to the dam. Meanwhile, protests erupted in Srirangapatna with a group of farmers protesting against the monitoring committee decision which has aksed Karnataka to release water from October 15 to October 30.

State asks PM to review CRA decision
Karnataka on Thursday urged the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to review the decision of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) by tomorrow. State’s Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai in a letter to the Union Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bhansal, the copies of which was released the press here noted that the Prime Minister who is also chairman of CRA has the powers review his decision under the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act.

Karnataka filed its petition seeking review of the September 19 order directing it to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu on September 20 and also to keep in abeyance the order till review was taken up, but so far no decision has been taken on the matter despite its three reminders, Bommai pointed out. “The power vested to take a decision in the absence of a consensus will give the power to review also”, he said. The supreme court in its October eight order has clearly mentioned that its order of September 28 shall not be an impediment for the chairperson of CRA to take his own decision on the review petition filed by Karnataka.

“Therefore, I kindly urge to take up this matter as a water resources minister and a CRA member to the Prime Minister and appeal to him to take a decision before October 12, since the IA’s of both the states of Karnataka and Tamilnadu will come up for hearing tomorrow”, Bommai said. Former prime minister H D Devegowda took exception to DMK leader M Karunanidhi’s statement calling for invoking of Article 356 of the Constitution on Karnataka and remarked “it is unfortunate that those who opposed article 356 are advocating it. Such a trend is deterimental to federal structure of the nation”.

“It is also unfortunate that we need to seek permission of others to get drinking water”, Gowda lamented while reacting to the Cauvery crisis at a function held in JDS office. KPCC President G Parameshwara speaking to the press in Hubli slammed the Tamil Nadu leader’s statement and said “they should know that Tamil Nadu is also part of the federal structure in the country”.

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