Not possible to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu: Karnataka CM

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 18, 2013 17:36 hrs

Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has said that releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu is not possible at present in the wake of drought situation and acute drinking water scarcity in the state.

"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," he told reporters on Sunday here.

Shettar also informed that an all-party delegation from the state would visit New Delhi on Monday and meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and urge him not to notify the proposed final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

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.

Karnataka is opposing the notification, as it would take away the supervisory powers of the state government over the Cauvery basin reservoirs with the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board.

Shettar also rejected the demand for replacing Fali Nariman as head of Karnataka's legal team on Cauvery as he had represented the case for the past forty years.

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.

The release triggered protests by farmer's outfits. 

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