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Karnataka defers release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, decision in special session on Sept 23

The apex court had on Tuesday doubled the quantum of water to be released to 6,000 cusecs from September 21 to 27. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Sep 21, 2016, 09.21 PM (IST)
The Karnataka government on Wednesday decided to defer release of 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu till September 23 as per the Supreme Court's order. 

The state cabinet said the decision would be taken in a special session of the state legislature. 

"The Cabinet has decided to defer release of water," state chief minister Siddaramaiah told reporters in a brief statement.

An emergency cabinet meeting was held in Bengaluru which was preceded by an all-party and council of ministers meetings on Wednesday. 

The all-party meeting was boycotted by principal Opposition BJP which criticised the Siddaramaiah government was not keeping the interests of farmers in mind. 

Former Prime Minister and JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and former Chief Minister M Veerappa Moily were present at the meeting. 

Siddaramaiah had termed the Supreme Court order as  "unimplementable", complaining that the storage in Karnataka's reservoirs was inadequate to meet the drinking water needs of its own people.  

The chief minister asked the cabinet to convene a special session of the state legislature to discuss the Supreme Court's direction and the Cabinet decided.

The Cauvery Supervisory Committee had on September 19 asked Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs per day from September 21 to 30.  

But the apex court had on Tuesday doubled the quantum to 6,000 cusecs from September 21 to 27 after Tamil Nadu pressed for water to save its samba paddy crop.

Sporadic protests have continued in the river basin districts, especially Mandya, the epicentre of the Cauvery agitation.

The government has made elaborate security arrangements in the city to ensure no untoward incidents happen. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)

 
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