Bengaluru: The Cauvery river water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu started again when the K state on Monday rejected Tamil Nadu’s plea to stop utilising Cauvery river water till May so that farmers in Tamil Nadu are not put to hardship.
Replying to Tamil Nadu’s interim application before the Supreme Court, Karnataka chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda said Karnataka had already released more than the stipulated annual quantum of 192TMCft of water to Tamil Nadu from the Cauvery river basin.
Therefore, the chief ministe rargued, Tamil Nadu had no legal right to seek any directions on stopping Karnataka from utilising its share of water in Cauvery basin.
“Karnataka is fully prepared to face Tamil Nadu’s tactics of browbeating Karnataka to grab more water. We will give a befitting reply, legally and politically, to fully protect the interests of Karnataka’s farmers and drinking water needs of Bangalore,” said Gowda. He accused Tamil Nadu of deliberately raising the issue before the Supreme Court, even though the state had released 192TMCft of water already for the year 2011-12.
Gowda wanted the Centre to formulate a national water policy to resolve inter-state water disputes and urged the Prime Minister to seek suggestions from the states.