In the middle of protests by farmers, Karnataka has started releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu to abide by the Supreme court order.
"Karnataka has started releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu to obey the Supreme Court directive asking the state government to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu for ten days," an official told news agency PTI.
He said the state started releasing water from midnight on Tuesday.
Karnataka Government decided to release 15,000 cuses of water per day to Tamil Nadu for 10 days.
After a three hour meeting with Union ministers from Karnataka, MPs and f leaders of political parties in the legislature, chief minister Siddaramaiah told reporters: "As we cannot defy a constitutional body like the Supreme court, with a heavy heart we have decided to release the water as directed by the apex court."
In the meantime, the protesters have intensified their stir in Mandya and other parts of the state blocking several roads and forcing schools and colleges to shut down.
At the same time, the state government also intends to approach the Cauvery Supervisory Committee and try to convince them of their shortage in water levels and also file a petition in the court seeking modification of the directive of releasing 15,000 cusecs every day for 10 days.
"In 2012-13, when Jagadish Shettar was the CM, the state had released water up to 10,000 cusecs as a good will gesture. This time also, we had sought to release 10,000 cusecs of water but the court did not approve. We will try to impress upon the court to modify its order and reduce the water to be released to TN, considering the distress and severity of water shortage in the state," the CM said on Tuesday.