Cauvery issue: Cabinet decides to defer release of water, says Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who had called for a meeting of council of ministers on Wednesday after the the Supreme Court's order to release more Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, said that the cabinet has decided to defer the release of water. He also said that the cabinet has decided to request the Governor of Karnataka to convene both the Houses on Friday.

A division bench of the Supreme Court had ordered the state to release 6,000 cusecs per day from Wednesday for a week till 27 September, doubling the quantum fixed by its appointed Cauvery Supervisory Committee on Monday for 10 days till 30 September.

Following the directive, Siddaramaiah said, "Since we do not have water, it is very difficult to implement the apex court order. It is an unimplementable order."

The top court's fresh directive comes into force a day after the state completed releasing 12,000 cusecs daily on Tuesday.

However, the apex court had modified its 5 September order to release 15,000 cusecs daily for 10 days from 7 September.

The chief minister had also appealed to the people to remain calm and maintain peace in the hour of distress as the state was going through a difficult period due to deficit monsoon rains.

"I appeal to the people, especially those in the Cauvery basin areas to maintain peace and not get carried away by emotions. We are committed to protect the interest of the state, its people and its farmers. Everyone should cooperate," Siddaramaiah had said.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Sep 21, 2016 22:52 PM

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