Cauvery row: Karnataka passes resolution to utilise water only for drinking purposes

Cauvery row: Karnataka passes resolution to utilise water only for drinking purposes

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-09-23 19:44 Bengaluru: The Karnataka Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a resolution to utilise water in four reservoirs in the Cauvery basin – KRS, Kabini, Hemavathi and Harangi – only to meet the drinking water requirements of villages and towns in the Cauvery basin and for Bengaluru.The resolution endorsed by all parties said the inhabitants of the state would be “gravely jeopardised if water in the four reservoirs in the Cauvery basin was in anyway reduced other than for meeting the drinking water needs of the people in the Cauvery basin, including the entire city of Bengaluru”. Addressing the session, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said his government would uphold the interests of the people. The CM said he had the “utmost respect” for the judiciary and the executive and will evolve a solution keeping citizens’ interest in mind. Siddaramaiah said the state had been hit hard due to poor monsoon and plummeting water levels in reservoirs.Yet, the state followed the tribunal order and released water to Tamil Nadu on humanitarian basis. However, the Apex Court’s order to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu farmers for their Samba crops would deprive the people of their basic human right, drinking water, said the CM. Apart from villages and towns, Bengaluru is largely dependent on Cauvery water for drinking purpose. In this backdrop, we have decided to store water and utilise it only for drinking purposes, he said.The decision of council to not release water means that the government has chosen to defy the SC, which had asked the state to release 6,000 cusecs to TN.