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Suit against Kar seeking compensation for crop loss : TN

Posted on Feb 03, 01:22PM | UNI

Chennai, Feb 1 : Reiterating its demand for early notification of the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT), the Tamil Nadu Government today said it would file a suit in the Supreme Court seeking compensation for the crop loss from Karnataka for non release of water.

Delivering his customary address to the State Assembly, Governor Dr K Rosaiah said Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had been waging a relentless struggle to secure for Tamil Nadu, a rightful share of the water of Inter-state rivers.

In spite of several rounds of discussions and even after the direction of the CWDT to share water on a pro rate basis during a distress situation, the Karnataka government continues to utilise all the water of the Cauvery river brazenly and remains adamant and obdurate in refusing to release the water due to Tamil nadu, with scant regard for the plight of the farmers in the Cauvery Delta areas.

"Due to the persistent and timely actions of the Chief Minister in approaching the Supreme Court, Karnataka was compelled to release 63.55 TMC ft of water to Tamil Nadu", he said.

However, this still leaves a shortfall of 31.4 TMC ft as per the pro rata distress sharing formula, he added.

"As a result, this year, Tamil Nadu has suffered a major set back in food production in the Cauvery Delta areas", Dr Rosaiah said, adding, the Tamil Nadu government has proposed to file a suit in the Supreme Court seeking compensation for the crop loss from the Karnataka Government for non release of water.

Referring to the repeated demand from Ms Jayalalithaa urging the Centre to notify the Final Order of the CWDT, the Governor expressed the hoped that the Centre would accede to this demand without further delay.

On the Mullaiperiyar Dam row with Kerala, Dr Rosaiah said the Empowered Committee appointed by the Supreme Court has found the Dam to be structurally, hydrologically and seismically safe.

"The Tamil Nadu Government hopes that the Supreme Court will deliver a favourable order upholding our stand", he added.