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Karnataka CM meets Krishna over Cauvery row

Agencies  New Delhi/Bangalore, October 08, 2012
First Published: 08:42 IST(8/10/2012) | Last Updated: 13:43 IST(8/10/2012)

Karnataka chief minister Jagadish Shettar on Monday met Union minister SM Krishna in New Delhi amid demands by Karnataka leaders for a review of Cauvery River Authority's decision asking the state to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu.

The interaction assumes significance as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a meeting of political leaders from the state for consultations on the contentious water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on Monday.

External Affairs Minister Krishna hails from Cauvery River basin district of Mandya.

Seeking the review of the PM-chaired body's decision, BJP MPs from the state will also meet Singh separately at his office, sources said.

The consultations come ahead of the Cauvery monitoring committee meeting slated on October 11. The monitoring panel will decide release of water from Karnataka after October 15.

The Cauvery River Authority had last month directed Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of water to its neighbouring state on a daily basis between September 20 and October 15.

Leaders from Karnataka, including external affairs minister SM Krishna, power minister Veerappa Moily and BJP leader Ananth Kumar besides water resources minister Pawan Kumar Bansal are likely to meet the Prime Minister in Delhi for consultations on the contentious water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The consultations come ahead of the Cauvery monitoring committee meeting slated on October 11. The monitoring panel will decide release of water from Karnataka after October 15.

The Cauvery River Authority had last month directed Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of water to its neighbouring state on a daily basis between September 20 and October 15.

Amid a raging water-sharing dispute between the two southern states, a central team is already visiting the two states to see water level in reservoirs, the condition of standing crops and water flow. This visit will help the Cauvery Monitoring Committee to take a call on the issue.

Tamil Nadu had demanded release of 24,000 cusecs of water, while the Supreme Court had asked Karnataka to release 10,000 cusecs. The CRA, after hearing the views of both the states, awarded release of 9,000 cusecs.

CMC comprises officials of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Pudducherry, besides central representatives.

Meanwhile, intense protests over release of water to Tamil Nadu continued to sweep Cauvery river basin areas for the eighth day as Karnataka hoped for a "positive response" from the Supreme Court tomorrow on its plea for reconsideration of the September 28 order.

"I am optimistic of a good (favourable) verdict (for Karnataka)", chief minister Jagadish Shettar told reporters during his visits to Hubli-Dharwad and Belgaum in north Karnataka on Sunday.

Intense protests over release of water to Tamil Nadu continued to sweep Cauvery river basin areas for the eighth day on Sunday as Karnataka hoped for a "positive response" from the Supreme Court on Monday on its plea for reconsideration of the September 28 order.

The agitators today continued their hunger-strike in Mandya, the Cauvery heartland, and staged a rasta-roko at Maddur-Gejjalagere, disrupting traffic on the Bangalore-Mysore highway. Processions were taken out in Mysore.

Agitated farmers demonstrated at several places in Mandya and Mysore districts, raising slogans against the Central and Tamil Nadu governments.

"I am optimistic of a good (favourable) verdict (for Karnataka)", Shettar told reporters during his visits to Hubli-Dharwad and Belgaum in north Karnataka on Sunday.

He said the state would inform the apex court of the severe drought situation in Karnataka, hardship of farmers and drinking water needs of Bangalore, which depends on the Cauvery, among others.

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