Bangalore/Chennai, Sep 23 (): Karnataka has now planned to wait for a formal reply from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in order to consider the appeal filed by the state before the CRA, putting across its lack of ability in releasing 9,000 cusecs of water to the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu for two weeks, despite Tamil Nadu deciding to move the Supreme court in a week.
“Being the chairman of the Cauvery River Authority, the Prime Minister has to take a decision in the issue,” said officials from Karnataka government. However, the Karnataka Chief Minister has strongly declared that his state has no intention to release water to Tamil Nadu.
Sources said a number of farmers of Mandya district, are also agitating against the direction of the CRA of releasing water to Tamil Nadu for two weeks. In the meantime, external affairs minister S M Krishna on Friday had requested both the states to sit and discuss the issue so that an amicable solution might come out in sharing the water from river Cauvery.
However, the external affairs minister has asked Karnataka to look whether the state can release at least 4,500 cusecs water to Tamil Nadu as per the CRA direction for two weeks and the left over 4,500 cusecs will be flowing on its own from the seepage. “Hope this decision might be in favour of both the states,” assumed Krishna while announcing his decision.
On the other hand, Tamil Nadu government has expressed its regret over Karnataka’s decision by not releasing water as per the CRA direction and has also announced its decision to move the Supreme Court on the issue on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Congress and the JD (S) with an intention to spread the fuming have declared their support to Karnataka over the Cauvery water sharing issue. Earlier a meeting was held on Sep 19 by the Prime Minister to resolve the ongoing dispute between both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka which resulted in a deadlock.