Cauvery crisis: Meeting with Centre yields no result

Cauvery crisis: Meeting with Centre yields no result

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-09-29 17:52 New Delhi: The meeting of representatives of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with the Union Minister to evolve a solution to Cauvery crisis did not come to any conclusion. Instead, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti suggested them to settle the dispute outside the court than defying the court order. Addressing the media after the meeting, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said following the Supreme Court direction, the Centre convened a meeting of chief ministers of both the states. However, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa did not turn up owing to ill-health. He stated that the state government presented its ground realities in its four Cauvery reservoirs to the meeting. “We demanded the Centre to send fact-finding committee to assess the ground situation to both the states. However, Tamil Nadu officials opposed the move and demanded that the State should release 6,000 cusecs of water,” said Siddaramaiah. As of now the government has decided to abide by its resolution unanimously agreed upon in both the Houses. “We are not in a position to release water to Tamil Nadu as this would deprive villages in three districts and even Bengaluru of drinking water,” he stated. The State legislature has decided to utilise the current storage of water for drinking purpose alone.