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Leaders apprise tight storage situation in Cauvery areas of Karnataka

Posted on Dec 08, 12:13PM | UNI

Caught in a irretractable situation after the Supreme Court directed it to release 1000 cusecs of water till December 10, Karnataka leaders led by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar today met Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat here to apprise him of the tight storage situation prevailing in the reservoirs of Cauvery and its tributaries.

Mr Shettar, after his meeting with Mr Rawat, said the state had told the Union Minister about the serious drought situation in the state and the drinking water situation.

Earlier in the day, the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) met in the capital to work and assess the needs of the two states in view of huge gaps in the claims of the contending states.

Karnataka after initially opposing the direction, however, started releasing the water from its dams to avert court's ire.

The SC had directed the CMC and Chief Secretaries of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry, to submit a report on Monday about its decision on the release of water.

Karnataka Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Union Labour Ministers M Mallikarjuna Kharge, K H Muniyappa state MPs Ananth Kumar, P C Mohan, G S Basavaraj(Tumkur), Mr Cheluvaraya Swamy, Mr Pralhad Joshi, Mr Prabhakara Kore were part of the delegation that met Mr Rawat.