Cauvery water row: Tamil Nadu to move SC

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 15:13 hrs

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has said her government would move the Supreme Court in connection to the Cauvery river water sharing issue in order to get 'justice'.

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam ( AIADMK) supremo made the comments after the meeting of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) on Wednesday under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not produce a solution.

Jayalalithaa told reporters after the meeting: "The chairman of CRA, the Prime Minister, gave his ruling or award. The Prime Minister said that Karnataka should release 9,000 cueces of water per day from Sept 20 to Oct 15."

"Karnataka was not agreeable to these demands and said it would not release even a drop of water to Tamil Nadu in these circumstances. The bare minimum water sought by Tamil Nadu was also not accepted," she said.

"We will approach the Supreme Court again for justice to get our share of water," Jayalalithaa said.

Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Puducherry attended the meeting on Wednesday.

Kerala was represented by state Water Resources Minister P J Joseph.

In the meeting, the states raised the problems being faced by them because of less than expected rainfall and the consequent distress being caused to the farmers in the Cauvery basin.

The PM also stated that the Cauvery Monitoring Committee shall review the position by Oct 15 so that appropriate releases beyond that date may be decided in consultation with the state governments.

The matter may be brought before the CRA, if required, Singh said.

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