Cauvery: Jaya mounts pressure on Centre
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday mounted more pressure on the Centre and asked it to notify the final order of the Cauvery tribunal without any delay to ensure the release of the river water by Karnataka.
In her letter to the Prime Minister, Jayalalithaa said: "As on 21st December, the storage in Mettur Reservoir is just 8.8 tmcft. The situation in the Cauvery-fed districts has become grim, affecting the livelihood and the survival of millions of farmers and agricultural labourers of Tamil Nadu."
"This year we have been made to run from pillar to post to get our due share of water from Karnataka but, in spite of our efforts, Karnataka continues to utilise all the waters of the river Cauvery brazenly, as if it owns the river Cauvery, with scant regard to the plight of the lower riparian state," she said.
The CM said the the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee should be set up to ensure that the Final Order of February 2007 was implemented.
"I hope that you will consider the plight of the farmers and agricultural labourers of Tamil Nadu and instruct the Ministry of Water Resources to notify the final order of the Tribunal forthwith," she said.
The Cauvery water sharing row has affected the relationship between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for a long time.