Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-08-25 16:18 Bengaluru: Lack of adequate rain in Cauvery catchment area has put the state in distress this year. At this juncture, it would be difficult to release water to Tamil Nadu for irrigation purpose, clarified Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. He told this to a delegation of Tamil Nadu farmers who met Siddaramaiah seeking release of Cauvery water at his official residence, Kaveri, here on Thursday. However, he assured the delegation that water would be released if the State receives good rainfall in the coming days. Samba growers in Tamil Nadu are facing severe water shortage and they fear the threat of crop loss. The delegation appealed to the chief minister to release water to save samba crops grown in nine acres. Chief Minister told the delegation that water level in reservoirs of Cauvery catchment area has not reached the expected level. Hence, the state might face drinking water crisis. “In such a situation, it is difficult to provide water to Tamil Nadu. You must understand our stand,” Siddaramaiah told the delegation. The delegation comprised former parliamentarian KP Ramalingam, TN Farmers’ Association president K Chellamuthu and state Farmers’ Association president Kodihalli Chandrashekhar were present.