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Cauvery row: Tamil Nadu to file suit in SC seeking damages from Karnataka

Posted on Jan 21, 08:10PM | UNI

The Tamil Nadu government will file a suit claiming damages before the Supreme Court to make Karnataka offset the losses suffered by Tamil Nadu due to non-release of Cauvery water, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa announced today.

In a statement here, she said due to non-release of water by Karnataka from its four reservoirs for the current year, Kuruvai and Samba crops in the Cauvery Delta areas have withered, besides affecting hydel power generation.

Taking into account the Karnataka's adamant attitude in not releasing water to Tamil Nadu on the basis of the Cauvery Dispute's Tribunal order and the Cauvery Monitoring Committee recording the fact that Karnataka had not released its due share of water to Tamil Nadu, it was decided to file a civil suit before the Supreme Court, she said.

"Taking the above facts into account, I have directed the officials to file an 'Original Suit claiming damages", before the Supreme Court to make Karnataka offset the losses suffered by Tamil Nadu due to non-release of Cauvery waters', she said.

Recalling the steps taken by her regime to protect the interests of farmers and get its due share of Cauvery water, Ms Jayalalithaa said she had announced a slew of measures, including subsidies, and took several steps to save the standing Samba crops.

She also pointed out that a high-level committee, constituted by her to recommend enhancement of relief assistance to farmers, had visited the Delta Areas and analysed the present situation and crop losses.

"After receipt of the report from the Committee, the government will take necessary steps in that direction," she added.