Chennai/Bangalore: The emotive Cauvery water sharing dispute continues to keep Karnataka and Tamil Nadu tense. The Cauvery Monitoring Committee has come out with a distress sharing formula, but yet another appeal will be before the Supreme Court in two days.
10,000 cusecs of water every day till Monday and 12,000 million cubic feet of water by the end of the month will flow to Tamil Nadu. That was the diktat from the Cauvery monitoring committee that met on Friday to decide on a distress sharing formula of water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in a drought year. Within minutes of the announcement, the order was trashed by Karnataka, with Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar saying he'll challenge the order legally. BJP MPs joined him in their appeal to the CMC that Karnataka cannot afford to release any more water to its neighbour.
In Karnataka's Cauvery basin, farmers have resumed protests against the water release. About 70 farmers from different parts of Mandya were taken into preventive custody by the police. Schools and colleges have been shut and prohibitory orders clamped around the KRS dam till Monday. With 8 lakh acres of standing paddy and sugarcane crops, farmers are doubtful of the reservoir saving their own crops, let alone Tamil Nadu's. The central government though was non-committal, staying away from the politics of the river.
Farmers in Tamil Nadu feel that Karnataka's non-compliance isn't the only problem. The centre and state governments should have anticipated and addressed the situation much before it blew up into a political crossfire.