Deadlock on Cauvery water sharing continues: Tamil Nadu - Karnataka talk fails
The row over sharing of the Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka is back to the Supreme Court with the Chief Ministers of the two states failing to arrive at an amicable solution to save farmers in distress.
Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar expressed inability to release 30 tmc ft of water from the Cauvery to meet the requirement of standing crops in the neighbouring state as demanded by his counterpart Ms J Jayalalithaa at a brief meeting between the two held at a five star hotel here at the instance of the Apex Court.
Mr Shettar told reportes the state explained the distress situation in the state in view of the poor storage in the Cauvery Basin reservoirs due to failed monsoon season which has ended in the state.
The total storage was only 37 tmc ft and the drinking water requirement alone was around 20 tmc ft he explained as against the demand of release of 30 tmc ft of water by Ms Jayalalithaa over the next 15 days.
However, he denied the claim of Ms Jayalalithaa that Karnataka had 'flatly refused to release even a drop of water'.
The issue would now come up before the Supreme Court tomorrow.