Cauvery issue: Karnataka passes resolution to release water to Bengaluru, no mention of Tamil Nadu

The Karnataka legislature in the special session of both the Houses on Friday passed a resolution to only release water for the purpose of meeting basic concerns of Bengaluru and Cauvery basin.

India Today reported that the resolution has no mention of Tamil Nadu. Government and the opposition were united in the resolution and it was passed unanimously.

The council also unanimously decided to not release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, saying the water was needed for drinking purposes in the state, IANS reported.

However, CNN-News18 reported that the Opposition tabled a resolution against the Supreme Court's order asking Karnataka to release more water to Tamil Nadu. It also reported that BJP will fully support Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa also said that the Congress and BJP will back the resolution, according to News18.


"It is resolved that in this state of acute distress, it is imperative that the government ensures that no water from the present storage be drawn, save and except for meeting (the) drinking water requirements of the villages and towns in the Cauvery basin and Bengaluru," asserted the resolution.

"The House seriously notes that the combined storage in the four reservoirs, viz., Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS), Hemavathy, Harangi and Kabini, have reached alarmingly low levels with only 27.6 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) of water," the motion pointed out.

AIADMK however, said that the resolution is a contempt of court.

Ahead of the session, Siddaramaiah met Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti in Delhi on Thursday, a day after the cabinet decided to defer the release of water and convene the legislature session amid escalating row between the two neighbouring states.

"It is difficult for us to release water, already as per the Supreme Court order we have released 12,000 cusecs for 14 days. There is no water in our reservoirs. What is remaining in four reservoirs is only 26 TMC water, whereas we need 27 TMC to supply drinking water to Mandya, Mysuru, Bengaluru and nearby areas," he told reporters in Delhi after meeting Bharti.

The Cauvery Supervisory Committee had on 19 September asked Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs per day from 21 to 30 September, but the Apex Court had on 20 September doubled the quantum to 6,000 cusecs from 21 to 27 September after Tamil Nadu pressed for water to save its samba paddy crop.

With inputs from PTI and IANS.

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Updated Date: Sep 23, 2016 20:15 PM

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