BENGALURU: Karnataka is not in the mood to implement the directive of Supreme Court to release 6,000 cusecs water of Cauvery river per day to Tamil Nadu from 21st September to 27th September. A final decision will be taken on Wednesday at a cabinet meeting headed by CM Siddaramaiah.
Briefing reporters after the order of the Supreme court, Siddaramaiah termed it as ‘difficult to enforce’. Siddaramaiah said that the meeting will discuss the situation and consider the possibility of not implementing the directive.
Keeping aside the plea of Karnataka that releasing any more water of Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu would dip Bengaluru into a drinking water crisis, a bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and Dipak Misra directed the Congress government in the state to release 6,000 cusecs of water daily till 27th September.It had gone to the court to complain that the Cauvery Supervisory Committee had no authority to direct it to release 3,000 cusecs of water, but was ordered to release double that amount. Even Tamil Nadu opposed the order of the committee and saying it was too little and would spell doom for its samba crops. In 2002, then chief minister of Karnataka – SM Krishna was pulled by the court when he defied its order to release water to Tamil Nadu. He later apologized and released water.
Senior BJP leaders from Karnataka state have said that it is wrong to ask Modi to intervene in the dispute since the Cauvery issue is before the Supreme court.