Karnataka all-party delegation Meets PM, urges not to notify Cauvery Tribunal's final award

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 18, 2013 16:20 hrs

An all party delegation from Karnataka, led by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and urged the government not to notify the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT)'s final award.

The delegation opposed the constitution of a new regulatory body, Cauvery Management Board, saying that it will take away all supervisory powers of Karnataka on the issue of water sharing with Tamil Nadu.

Talking to reporters after their meeting with the Prime Minister and Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, Shettar said that the government has assured them that their demands will be reviewed before taking any final call on the issue.

The Supreme Court, while hearing petitions from Tamil Nadu regarding release of water by Karnataka, had set February 20 as the deadline for the Centre to notify the award.

The all-party delegation including all union ministers of from the state, Members of Parliament (MPs) and other senior leaders, emphasized that the state is not in position to release water for Tamil Nadu at present as directed by the Supreme Court, saying the state is facing drought like situation and acute drinking water scarcity.

Earlier on Sunday, Shettar had said: "For now, it is not possible for the government to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu as the state is reeling under drought and acute drinking water problem."

Karnataka commenced release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from 9th February complying with the Supreme Court order directing it to release 2.44 TMC to save standing crops. (ANI)

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