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Review order, Karnataka urges Cauvery panel, may move SC

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Review order, Karnataka urges Cauvery panel, may move SC
BENGALURU: The Karnataka government filed on Saturday a review petition before the Cauvery Water Management Authority ( CWMA ) against the panel’s order to release 3,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu daily till October 15. It also sought permission to build a balancing reservoir across Cauvery river at Mekedatu , near Kanakapura, in Ramanagara district.
Chief minister Siddaramaiah said that the state government will move the Supreme Court , if required, after reviewing CWMA’s decision on the review petition. Deputy CM DK Shivakumar, who also holds the water resources portfolio, said the state government has appealed to the CWMA to arrive at a “new formula” amidst the current rain deficit. Due to insufficient rainfall between June and August, the state is facing a severe water shortage, he pointed out.
On Friday, Siddaramaiah held a meeting with retired judges of the Supreme Court and former advocates general to seek their suggestions and opinions before announcing that the state would file a review petition before the CWMA and the SC.
He also pointed out the dire situation the state was facing due to insufficient rainfall and said that the inability to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu should not be seen as contempt of court or lead to the dismissal of the government.
The CM said the government was seriously considering the suggestion of legal experts to establish an expert advisory committee dedicated to monitoring the state’s irrigation projects and collecting data on water availability. This committee’s role would be to provide continuous advice to the government and the legal team regarding inter-state water disputes such as the Cauvery issue, Siddaramaiah said.
The CWMA had recently endorsed the directive of its assisting body, the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC), which had recommended that Karnataka release 3,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu daily until October 15. A statewide bandh was observed on Friday to oppose the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

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