NEW DELHI/CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government today demanded Karnataka to release at least 15 tmcft of Cauvery water for saving its crops, but the neigbouring state maintained that it did not have enough water.In a letter to his Karnataka counterpart Siddaramaiah , Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami demanded an immediate release of 7 tmcft of water and the balance within a fortnight from the existing storage.As per the 2007 order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, Tamil Nadu has to receive 192 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of water every year as its share from the Cauvery river. It has only received 111.647 tmcft as on January 9 at Biligundulu as against the due of 179.871 tmcft, leaving a deficit of 68.224 tmcft.When asked about the Tamil Nadu government's demand, Siddaramaiah said, "We do not have water. It is not possible to release water to Tamil Nadu".The Karnataka chief minister was in the national capital to attend a meeting called by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.The hearing on the Cauvery water dispute is scheduled for next month. "The young crop could not withstand the onslaught of such rainfall and got damaged to a considerable extent. "At this instance, I would like to point out that the farmers of Cauvery delta lost their crop last year, 2016-17, due to deficit inflows into Mettur reservoir," Palaniswami added.
Source: Economic Times January 13, 2018 15:45 UTC