Tamil Nadu has enough water in the Mettur dam, Siddaramaiah says

Siddaramaiah shoots off letter to PM Modi urges him to call meeting of chief ministers over Cauvery
news Cauvery Friday, September 09, 2016 - 14:51

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, apprising him of the “extreme unrest” in the state and urging him to call a meeting of chief ministers to sort out the dispute over the Cauvery.

The letter, written on Friday, says that there is “extreme unrest” in the Cauvery basin and the state capital Bengaluru over the Supreme Court’s direction to Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu.

Siddaramaiah says: “The unrest if continued will not only have a serious of impact on the economy of the state particularly the IT economy which brings enormous revenue and foreign exchange to the country but will also impact the livelihood of the common man adversely in the large parts of the State.”

He also said that the storage in the Mettur dam in Tamil Nadu combined with the north-east monsoon rains could look after the agriculture needs of Tamil Nadu’s second crop. The SC direction would “completely deprive the drinking water not only to the residents of Bengaluru city but also to the farmers of the Cauvery basin and water for the only crop they grow.”

He urged the Prime Minister to call an immediate meeting of the chief ministers with a few hours’ notice to “resolve the impasse”. Siddarmaiah said that there was a precedent to such a meeting. In an order dated September 28, 1995, the Supreme Court had ordered the prime minister to convene such a meeting when there was deficient flow in the river.

Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka all share the waters of the Cauvery. 

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