Siddaramaiah writes to Modi, asks him to intervene to end Cauvery impasse

Siddaramaiah writes to Modi, asks him to intervene to end Cauvery impasse

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-09-09 19:49 Bengaluru: CM Siddaramaiah has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to call an urgent meeting of the chief ministers of the two states to end the impasse on sharing of Cauvery water.With the state observing a Karnataka bandh on Friday, Siddaramaiah shot off a letter stating that “extreme unrest” was bad for the state’s economy and to the IT industry which brought in huge foreign exchange.“By this communication, I earnestly request you not only as Prime Minister, but as Head of the entire Federal system, to call a meeting of the Chief Ministers of the States (forthwith on a few hours notice) to resolve the impasse,” Siddaramaiah said in the letter and referred to a precedent of December 1995, where under similar circumstances the Supreme Court had requested the prime minister to resolve the issue.The CM said the daily release of 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water, if continued, would completely “deprive the drinking water not only to the residents of Bangalore City but also to farmers of Cauvery basin and water for the only crop they grow.” “However, the present storage in the Mettur reservoir in Tamil Nadu and the North-east rainfall received in Tamil Nadu would be more than sufficient to meet the requirement of water for the Samba rice crop just being or still to be sown by the farmers in Tamil Nadu,” the CM stated.