Karnataka on 3 October 2016 started releasing Cauvery water from Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) dam. It was released after the legislature passed a Resolution authorizing the state government to take appropriate decisions to release water.
Resolution: The resolution states that the government will take an appropriate decision regarding the release of water for irrigation purposes after ensuring the drinking water requirements of the state.
The move comes after the Supreme Court asked Karnataka government to apprise it whether it has released water to Tamil Nadu or not. On 30 September 2016, the Supreme Court directed Karnataka to discharge 6000 cusecs water from 1 to 6 October 2016.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that about 1300 cusecs of water is flowing into Tamil Nadu every day through seepage. If water is released to irrigation canals in the basin region, then additional 3000 cusecs will flow down to the neighbouring state through seepage.
Besides, the Union Government informed the Supreme Court that it can’t direct the government on constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board. It said the issue fell under the domain of the legislature. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that the government is setting up a technical panel to assess the ground realities to defuse the wrangle between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Earlier, the Union Government moved to the apex court seeking modification of its order asking it to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board.
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