Cau­very talks fail, Shet­tar re­fuses to give TN water

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BAN­GA­LORE: Talks to re­solve the Cau­very water-shar­ing dis­pute be­tween Kar­nataka and Tamil Nadu failed to make any head­way here on Thurs­day with Kar­nataka chief min­is­ter Ja­gadish Shet­tar re­fus­ing to heed coun­ter­part Jayalalithaa’s re­quest for “a bare min­i­mum” to her state.

The meet­ing held on the Supreme Court’s sug­ges­tion was the sec­ond in 15 years af­ter M Karunanidhi and JH Pa­tel held bi­lat­eral talks in 1997. The apex court is sched­uled to hear the case on Fri­day, Jayalalithaa said.

The Tamil Nadu CM wanted re­lease of 30 TMC ft (thou­sand mil­lion cu­bic feet) of water in the next 15 days to “save the stand­ing samba (long term) crops” but Shet­tar re­fused.

“If Kar­nataka does not re­lease water, there will be a calamity for farm­ers of Tamil Nadu,” Jayalalithaa said. “But de­spite all our dis­cus­sions, de­spite all our plead­ings, the Kar­nataka government was firm in say­ing that it could not re­lease even a sin­gle drop of water. So this is the out­come of the meet­ing. Kar­nataka has flatly re­fused to re­lease any water to Tamil Nadu,” she told me­di­a­per­sons.

Shet­tar told pressper­sons sep­a­rately, “There is dis­tress in Kar­nataka. We are not in a po­si­tion to re­lease water. Ful­fill­ing drink­ing water needs, ir­ri­ga­tion for stand­ing crops, and water for en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion in Kar­nataka would leave no water for Tamil Nadu.”

Shet­tar also said reser­voirs in Kar­nataka hold around 37 TMC ft of water, of which 20 TMC ft are for drink­ing water needs of Ban­ga­lore, Mysore, and ru­ral ar­eas.

An­other 10 TMC ft is re­served for en­vi­ron­men­tal pur­poses, leav­ing only 7 TMC ft for stand­ing crops.

“Our re­quire­ment is much higher. We can­not re­lease any more water,” he said.

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