The ongoing Cauvery issue with the Supreme Court’s directing Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu and asking the Centre to set up the water management board has dominated the editorial pages of Kannada newspapers.
Almost all editorials have highlighted the water crisis the state has been facing and said that setting up of the Cauvery River Management Board would mean that the state would lose the supervisory control over the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS), Hemavathi, Kabini and Harangi reservoirs.
These are the four Cauvery basin reservoirs in the state.
In its editorial, Prajavani said that the creation of the board will be a setback for Karnataka.
“Since the board is expected to have independent technical experts, it may be acceptable. But irrespective of which party is in power at the Centre, Tamil Nadu has a better and more influential lobby which has further added to Karnataka’s anxiety and concern,” it said.
It urged political parties to forego their differences and work in the interest of the people. The editorial also discussed how the SC bench comprising justice Deepak Mishra and justice UU Lalith passed a one-sided unilateral order further affecting the interests of “our” farmers.
It went on to say that the move to order the Centre to set up the Cauvery River Management Board in four weeks comes as an added burden to the state. The regional parties in Tamil Nadu have managed to pull the right political strings in the overall context of the matter, which Karnataka has failed, it added.
It also gave the example of how the Centre, which has remained nearly incommunicado to all of Karnataka’s request for its intervention, has agreed to intervene (a meeting was scheduled on Wednesday) in the water dispute between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Vijay Karnataka in its editorial has said the top court has given a judgement favourable for Tamil Nadu and how the state will lose control of its reservoirs. It also criticised the BJP for boycotting the all-party meeting called by chief minister Siddaramaiah.
Udayavani pointed out that when Karnataka is in need of water from upstream states like Maharashtra, “we are made to beg and pay money to get a few TMC of water”. However, states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and others, which need water from Cauvery, Krishna and Tungabhadra, get their water in an authoritarian manner.
They employ “every trick” available to achieve what they want, it stated.
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