Cau­very dead­lock

TN op­poses Kar­nataka’s pro­posal for ex­pert panel to study water avail­abil­ity, Jaya al­leges con­tempt of court

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - NATION - Moushumi Das Gupta

NEW DELHI: All eyes will be on the Supreme Court on Fri­day as the Cen­tre failed to bro­ker peace between Kar­nataka and Tamil Nadu in the Cau­very river water shar­ing dis­pute.

The court had asked the Union water re­sources min­istry on Tues­day to fa­cil­i­tate a meet­ing between rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the two states af­ter Kar­nataka re­fused to re­lease 6,000 cusecs of water to TN fol­low­ing the apex court’s di­rec­tion.

How­ever, af­ter chair­ing a three­hour meet­ing on Thurs­day, water re­sources minister Uma Bharti said she was “dis­ap­pointed” as a “so­lu­tion out­side court could not be achieved”. “Tamil Nadu did not agree to Kar­nataka’s pro­posal that a cen­tral team of ex­perts vis­its the Cau­very river basin to as­sess ground re­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing the quan­tum of water stored in reser­voirs, drink­ing water avail­able and crop sit­u­a­tion, be­fore a de­ci­sion is taken to re­lease water,” Bharti said.

The minister, re­fer­ring to the tense sit­u­a­tion in the two states, urged peo­ple to exercise re­straint.

Bharti added that she was ready to go on an in­def­i­nite hunger strike along the bor­der between the two states if the prob­lem per­sisted.

Be­sides Bharti, Kar­nataka CM K Sid­dara­ma­iah, Tamil Nadu PWD minister Edap­padi K Palaniswamy and other se­nior of­fi­cials at­tended the meet­ing. Shashi Shekar, water re­sources sec­re­tary, said the Cen­tre will put the views of the two states be­fore the apex court, which is hear­ing the mat­ter on Fri­day. “There could have been some give and take,” Shekhar, who is also the chair­man of the Cau­very Su­per­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, added.

Ear­lier, TN CM Jay­alalithaa in a mes­sage said, “In ut­ter dis­re­gard and in com­plete con­tempt of the or­ders of the Hon­ourable Supreme Court, Kar­nataka failed to re­lease the stip­u­lated quan­tity of water to Tamil Nadu and in ad­di­tion, failed to make good the short­fall.”

PTI PHOTO

Union minister for water re­sources Uma Bharti with Kar­nataka CM Sid­dara­ma­iah (ex­treme left) in New Delhi on Thurs­day.

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