Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-10-03 22:10 Bengaluru: Modifying its September 23 resolution – to preserve water for drinking water purposes and not to release water to Tamil Nadu – the state assembly on Monday unanimously passed a resolution to release Cauvery water to farmers in the Cauvery basin.As on Monday, water level in the four reservoirs in Cauvery basin – KRS, Kabini, Harangi and Hemavathi – stood at 34.13 TMC. Based on this, the government has decided to release water for both agriculture and drinking purposes.Both the BJP and the JD(S) backed the resolution tabled by Law Minister TB Jayachandra. Speaking during the special session, former chief minister Jagadish Shettar said he appreciated Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for his stand in the Cauvery row. He further said that the government needed to strengthen its legal team.Participating in the debate, Raitha Sangha party MLA KS Puttannaiah wanted to know on how the Supreme Court decided on the quantum of water to be released without deciding on the availability. He appealed to the government to protect the interests of the state’s farmers.Cauvery Hitarakshana Samiti president Madegowda welcomed the state government's decision to release water for both agriculture and drinking purposes. At the same time, he urged the government to provide crop compensation to farmers of Cauvery basin.