Karnataka all-party team meets PM, requests not to notify as per CWDT

New Delhi, Feb 19 (TruthDive): After the Union Water Resource Ministry is expected to notify on the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) soon, Karnataka Chief Minister, Jagadish Shettar went ahead leading an all-party delegation in New Delhi on Monday and also decided to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Shettar is also believed to have requested the Prime Minister not to notify as per the CWDT which had over-estimated the crop water requirement of Tamil Nadu. Maintaining silence on the issue the Prime Minister just listened to the views uttered by Karnataka against the notification of the final award.  Sources said Prime Minister Mammohan Singh was quoted saying the delegates that he would go through the notice and will take a decision.

Shettar was accompanied by ministers including Union Minister for Minority Affairs K. Rahman Khan (from Karnataka), Deputy Chief Minister R. Ashoka, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly M. Siddaramaiah (Congress), JD (S) leader H.D. Revanna and Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

The delegation intended the Prime Minister to interfere and stop immediately the notification saying the State has been under acute drought and is running short of even drinking water in major cities including Bangalore. The memorandum submitted by the delegation also contended saying that the purpose of the delegation was to bring the matter to the Prime Minister’s notice that the CWDT has overestimated the crop water requirement of TN.

The delegation also claimed saying that according to the recent assessment of the Central Water Commission (CWC) it has revealed the untrue claims of Tamil Nadu regarding its water requirement and also requested the very basis of allocation of water to TN has to be revisited

Earlier the Supreme Court, on February 4, has asked the centre to report CWDT’s final award on or before February 20 and also said that the union government had no discretion or option but to do so.

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