Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu, but not the quantum Supreme Court ordered

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Bengaluru, Oct 3: The Karnataka legislative assembly today unanimously resolved to release Cauvery water for both drinking purposes and also to farmers in the Cauvery basin.

Congress leader, Dinesh Gundu Rao clarified outside the assembly to reporters that Karnataka will release water to the Cauvery basin area including Tamil Nadu. He also said that Karnataka may not be able to release the quantum of water as prescribed by the Supreme Court.

Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu

At the special sesssion it was decided that 23.36 TMC ft water will be utilised for drinking purposes. The remaining 11 TMC ft water in the reservoirs would be released for farmers in the Cauvery basin. However a final decision on the quantum of water will be taken at a later stage.

The house decided to take this decision as it felt that it would help the state which has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court.

Karnataka has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging the orders which had directed the release of water.

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The assembly felt that in the wake of the review being filed and the same coming up for hearing tomorrow, it would be better to pass such a resolution.

Further the house has also decided to see how things unfold in the Supreme Court tomorrow.

The centre today changed its stance and opposed the formation of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). It said in an interlocutory application that the formation of the CMB was the job of the legislature and not the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had last week ordered the centre to set up the CMB by October 4.

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