Karnataka is reported to release some water to help the farmers in both the states.

Ktaka special session Likely to release some Cauvery water may tweak stand to evade contempt of courtCauvery/MoEF
news Cauvery Dispute Monday, October 03, 2016 - 09:34

The Karnataka special legislature session on Monday is likely to pass a modified resolution to not release Cauvery water to its neighbouring state Tamil Nadu. 

However, according to reports, the session is likely to reiterate its earlier resolution expressing difficulty in releasing water, but will release "some water" to help the farmers along the Cauvery basin. 

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and UU Lalit had on Friday asked Karnataka to release 6000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu from October 1 to October 6.

A special assembly session on September 23 had decided against releasing water to TN, in a situation where the state of Karnataka is in acute water crisis.

Opposition on setting up of the Cauvery Water Management Board is also likely to be taken on Monday. 

“The resolution would be more or less on the same lines except that it will ask the government not to release water for any purpose other than saving the withering crops and fulfilling the drinking water requirements,'' a senior minister told The Times of India.

However, the government is reportedly wary of attracting the wrath of the apex court. While passing an order on September 30 asking Karnataka to release 6000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from October 1 to October 6, the court had given a stern warning to Karnataka and said that it was its last opportunity to release water.

Karnataka is reported to release some water to help the farmers in both the states, in a way that will not affect the drinking water supply to Bengaluru and other cities.

“By releasing water to farmers in Karnataka, the government will be hitting two birds with one stone. The water released to save crops will not only benefit our farmers but also those in Tamil Nadu, thereby sending a message to the court that they are being sympathetic towards farmers on both sides,'' the minister said.

Karnataka is also expected to file a review petition in the Supreme Court on Monday, asking for reviewing of all the earlier orders passed in this regard.

 

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