SC induced Cauvery talks between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu falls flat
Karnataka and Tamil Nadu today held a futile meeting to find an amicable solution to sharing of the Cauvery waters to save the farmers in distress as the Supreme Court directed meeting between the two Chief Ministers ended without any result.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa insisted upon her Karnataka counterpart Jagadish Shettar to release 30 tmc ft of water over the next 15 days to save the samba crop grown on 14.93 lakh hectares but Mr Shettar threw up his hands to say that the Cauvery basin reservoirs had no excess water that the state could share.
The 45-minute meeting ended with both the sides sticking to their guns and the issue has rebounded to the Apex Court which would continue its hearing on Tamil Nadu petition tomorrow after it was adjourned to facilitiate a political solution to the vexed age old row between the two states.
The Cauvery water sharing row between the two states renewed this year following a failed monsoon that led to lower storage levels in the Cauvery basin reservoirs in the state with Tamil Nadu knocking at the doors of the Supreme Court and the Union Government to ensure Karnataka released its share of waters.