Shimoga: Karnataka government should
oppose Tamil Nadu`s demand for release of Cauvery water when
the farmers of Cauvery basin in the state are suffering due to
shortage of water during summer, former Chief Minister and
JD(S) president HD Kumaraswamy said on Sunday.
Speaking to reporters here, he said Tamil Nadu raking up
the water issue particularly during summer seems to be
"ridiculous and meaningless".
Tamil Nadu government is raising the water sharing issue
for "political gain and creating tension among farmers of
Karnataka", he alleged, adding he would press the state not to
budge or yield to the demand at any cost and take up awareness
and confidence building activities among farmers in the basin.
Tamil Nadu has filed an application in the Supreme Court
seeking to restrain Karnataka from resorting to summer
The two states are locked in decades-long dispute on
sharing waters of the river and the Cauvery Water Disputes
Tribunal, set up by the Centre, had in 2007 given its final
award, allocating 419 tmcft water to Tamil Nadu and 270 tmcft
to Karnataka annually.
However, Karnataka has challenged the award in the apex
court, alleging it gave a raw deal to the state overlooking
its requirements and rights.