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Karnataka to release of 20,000 cusecs of water from Kabini dam to Tamil Nadu due to 'prospects of good monsoon'

Madurai: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said on Friday that he had instructed officials to release 20,000 cusecs from Kabini dam as he expressed hope there would be smooth sharing of Cauvery river water with Tamil Nadu in view of prospects of a good monsoon.

"I have instructed irrigation officials to release 20,000 cusecs from the Kabini dam. There is bright chance for good monsoon rains this year. If the monsoon continues like this, we can give Tamil Nadu's share of 10 TMC in June as per the Cauvery water sharing authority's order", he said.

HD Kumaraswamy

File image of HD Kumaraswamy. Twitter@hd_kumaraswamy

The water to be released from Kabini would benefit both sides and farmers in both states would be happy, he said. "By the grace of God the monsoon has so far been good and has created a smooth atmosphere in sharing Cauvery water," he told reporters after offering worship at the Sri Meenakshi temple in Madurai.

Mr Kumaraswamy said there was good rain in the catchment areas of rivers in Karnataka and dams were receiving good inflows.

Meanwhile, Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan expressed happiness over the Karnataka government's decision to release water from the Kabini dam. "Spoke to @CMofKarnataka. Expressed my pleasure on the opening of Kabini. Ultimately even after the Cauvery water management Authority starts functioning, only goodwill between the two States will open many more shut doors," Kamal Haasan said in a tweet.

Kamal Haasan who called on Mr Kumaraswamy early this month in Bengaluru, discussed the Cauvery issue and pitched for talks to resolve the issue, saying courts were never a solution to the problem of sharing of the inter-state river.

Updated Date: Jun 16, 2018 08:34 AM

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