Karnataka did not release the stipulated 192 TMC ft of water except when it its reservoirs were overflowing.

Jaya hits out at Karnataka for defying SC orders demands creation of Cauvery Management BoardImage:Jayalalithaa/ File Photo
news Cauvery Dispute Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 15:43

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has slammed Karnataka government for not respecting the Supreme Court’s orders directing the state to release water to the riparian states.

On account of ill health, Jayalalithaa’s speech was read out at the meeting convened on the directions of SC by the union Ministry of Water Resources on the Cauvery issue by P Rama Mohan Rao, Chief Secretary of Government of Tamil Nadu. A copy of the transcript of the speech is available with The News Minute.

Urging union government to constitute the Cauvery Management Board, Jayalalithaa said that only a professionally managed, neutral and technical body could resolve the issue.​

​Accusing the Karnataka government of being arrogant, Jayalalithaa said there was a need for the Cauvery Management Board to be set up to safety of Tamilians in Karnataka. 

Jayalalithaa said that the primary concern of the Tamil Nadu government, is to save this year’s Samba crop as there was a shortfall of 60.983 tmcft of water up to August 30. She said that Karnataka had repeatedly defied the SC orders in utter contempt.

The first two orders - September 5 order to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day for 10 days, and September 12 order to release 12,000 cusecs of water per day for eight days were not followed, she said.

According to these orders, a total of 17.366 tmcft of water had to be released to Tamil Nadu. The third order asking Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs per day from September 20 to September 28 (amounting to 3.62 TMC ft) was also not followed, she said.

Jayalalithaa said that for all these years, Karnataka did not release the stipulated 192 tmcft of water except when his reservoirs were overflowing.

She also blamed Karnataka government for orchestrating violence against Tamilians living in that state and accused various political formations and high level instigators of fanning the anger. 

Recalling the 1991 violence over Cauvery dispute, she said that Tamilians in Karnataka have lived in fear every time Tamil Nadu has asked for its rightful share of water.

She quoted an observation of the Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court on the Presidential Reference in 1991, which says that no state can claim exclusive ownership of interstate river water so as to deprive the other states of their equitable share.


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