Cauvery row: Crucial meet in Delhi, protests in Karnataka
Bangalore/New Delhi: Protests erupted in Karnataka following the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu late Thursday and a crucial meeting was on in New Delhi to decide the quantum of water needed by the two states for the remaining part of this month.
Karnataka released the water to avoid contempt of court as the Supreme Court had directed the state Wednesday to give Tamil Nadu daily 10,000 cusecs of Cauvery water till Sunday. On the court's direction, the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) met in the national capital to work out the water needs of the two states in view of vast divergence in their claims.
The apex court had also directed the CMC, comprising union water resources secretary and chief secretaries of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry, to submit a report to it Monday on its decision. Hence, the CMC decision is crucial for both the states. Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, who flew to New Delhi Friday morning to plead the state's case with the central government, met union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat and briefed him on the difficulty the state would face if more water is released to Tamil Nadu.
"We explained to the minister the serious drought situation, lack of water in our reservoirs and our requirement," Shettar told reporters after the meeting.