Cauvery issue: No water for drinking, forget irrigation, says Yeddyurappa

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Sept. 6 : Former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Tuesday said that it was not possible for Karnataka to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, adding the Supreme Court should be apprised of the 'ground reality'.

Yeddyurappa said the apex court should have sent an expert team to know the actual position of the river.

"We don't have water even for drinking purpose, forget about irrigation purpose. Now, they are telling to release water which is not at all possible," he said. He further said Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has called an all-party meeting to discuss the Cauvery river water issue and the apex court's order on the matter.

"We will discuss this in the 3'o clock meeting and we will request our Chief Minister to appeal the exact position to the Supreme Court," he added.

The Supreme Court yesterday directed the Karnataka Government to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days to ameliorate the plight of farmers.

The apex court also directed Tamil Nadu to approach the supervisory committee within three days for the release of Cauvery water as per the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal's (CWDT).

The apex also asked the committee to decide on Tamil Nadu's plea in ten days..

Source: ANI