Karnataka released Cauvery water to save its crops in the river basin, thereby benefitting Tamil Nadu in the process.
In a tactical move, Karnataka, which is facing the Supreme Court’s ire for refusing to implement its order, decided to release Cauvery water from KRS dam on Monday to save crops in the river basin. It means that water will also flow to Tamil Nadu as directed by the SC.
The decision comes in the wake of a resolution passed in the special legislature session convened in Bengaluru on Monday. The Legislative Assembly amended its earlier resolution (September 23) of not releasing water from the four reservoirs in Cauvery basin for any reason other than drinking purposes.
In a carefully drafted resolution, the government noted that when the earlier resolution was passed, there was only 27.60 tmc ft of water in the four reservoirs which was needed for providing drinking water to Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mandya and hundreds of villages. However, now the combined storage of water in all the reservoirs has gone up to 34.13 tmc ft.
Consequently, farmers in the Cauvery basin had urged the government to release water to save their standing crops. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah pointed out that water released from Cauvery basin reservoirs would benefit farmers in Tamil Nadu also.