Karnataka CM to discuss Cauvery Waters issue with Water Resources Minister Rawat
Karnataka Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar has said he will put across his viewpoint over the sharing of the Cauvery river water with neighboring Tamil Nadu when he meets Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat.
He said that the Karnataka Government will also press for an appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a bid to end the ongoing impasse.
The sharing the waters of the River Cauvery has been a bone of contention between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for over three decades.
Earlier, Shettar and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha had failed to find a solution on the issue.
Shettar told reporters in New Delhi on Friday that he would put forward the state's problems with regards to sharing water before Rawat.
"We have already called a meeting of our MPs' (lawmakers) and Rajya Sabha members (upper house of the Indian parliament) and central ministers. Today we are going to meet central water resources minister and we seek appointment of the honorable Prime Minister also and we will explain everything about the status of the Karnataka, about the scarcity of water and drinking water problem and water requirement for the standing crop. And other things we are going to explain to the honorable prime minister and water resources minister," said Shettar.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court upheld the directive by the Cauvery River Authority (CRA), to the Karnataka Government to release 9,000 cusecs water of River Cauvery from Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir (KRS) to Tamil Nadu.
Echoing similar views, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ananth Kumar said that Karnataka has been facing an acute scarcity of water and is not in a position to release water for Tamil Nadu.
"The people of Karnataka are facing scarcity of water. We are currently not in a position to give water to Tamil Nadu. We also discussed how to present the real picture of Karnataka in front of the Supreme Court, federal government and Cauvery Monitoring Committee. We will also put forward our water rights in front of all these bodies," said Kumar.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh heads the CRA panel, consisting of the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry.
Karnataka has already filed a plea before the CRA to reconsider its order in wake of rain deficiency and prevailing drought-like situation in the region.