August 26, 2016
Tamil Nadu farmers seek release of Cauvery waters on humanitarian grounds; after rejection of their request, the farmers associations are mulling to seek prime minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in this matter and planning to go in a delegation to him.
A delegation of Tamil Nadu farmers called on Karnataka chief minister S SIdhharamaiah and returned empty handed after he expressed inability to consider requests for Cauvery waters due to pressing needs of drinking water for Bengaluru.
The farmers delegation from Tamil Nadu sought release of water from Cauvery on humanitarian grounds.
The chief minister reportedly told the delegation that he would inform the Supreme Court of the ground realities as to how the water was needed for drinking water purposes in Karnataka and how the state would be unable to supply water for irrigation purposes to neighboring Tamil Nadu’s Cauvery delta areas.
Karnataka is also facing deficient rainfall in catchment area. Karnataka is also having shortages in reservoirs in the Cau very basin and its own farmers were facing problems due to deficient rainfall. Karnataka is maintaining that it needed the water stored in the dams in Cauvery basin for drinking purpose and have strictly banned farmers from using it for cultivation.
“But Tamil Nadu is seeking water for irrigation purposes,” the Karantaka chief minister maintained in his conversation with media persons in Bengaluru, shortly after the Tamil Nadu farmers delegation met him.
The Karnataka government is also questioning the figures put out b Tamil Nadu that there was a deficit of 22,934 tmcft water from Cauvery and said it was only 12tmcft.
Karnataka chief minister told farmers delegation that it would be impossible for the state to release any more water, given the current grim scenario. But if the situation improved with good rainfall in the catchment areas, then Karnataka would release Cauvery water, he told the delegation.
A farmers delegation comprising leaders of 20 different farmers bodies called on the Karnataka chief minister.
KP Ramalingam one of the members of the farmers delegation told media persons that they were contemplating taking the issue to the centre and would meet once again in Chennai on August 27 to decide on further course of action. The farmers are planning to go in a delegation to the prime minister and seek his intervention in the matter.
Already, the farmers’ association have given a call for Tamil Nadu bandh on August 30, seeking release of water for irrigation.