Centre should exert pressure on Karnataka for proper implementation of the Cauvery Water Tribunal's verdict to release due share of water to Tamil Nadu, Senior CPI leader R Nallakkanu said on Sunday.
Though years lapsed after the final verdict, Karnataka was not implementing it and, instead, was releasing only surplus water, that too floodwaters, considering safety reasons, Nallakkannu told reporters here.
As the Cauvery was flowing through the middle of Tamil Nadu, the non-release on time was seriously and adversely affecting both irrigation and drinking water needs,he claimed.
The state government, through the Centre, should also pressure the Karnataka government for timely release of water to protect the farmers, he said.
Nallakkanu,convenor of party's National Control Commission, said Tamil Nadu government should take over all the closed mills in and around Coimbatore and take steps to run it profitably and again make the region a textile hub.
Replying to a question on alliance for assembly elections, due next year, Nallakkanu said the party would continue to be in AIADMK alliance, since it would keep equi-distance with BJP and Congress, which were ideologically different.
He also urged that the Government should provide adequate compensation to those who were being displaced for expansion projects like Airport and Special Economic Zone in the State.
Nallakkanu also wanted the state government to at least build the houses under 'Kalaignar Housing Scheme' in three cent lands with an investment of Rs 3 lakh.