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State asked to provide 12 TMC water to TN in Dec

Facing protests and Opposition heat, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar rushed to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

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The Monitoring Committee on Friday asked Karnataka to provide Tamil Nadu with 12 TMC of Cauvery water during December even as it asked both the states to be “more efficient” in using available water.

The meeting of the (CMC) came after the on Wednesday asked the multi-state panel to meet within the next two days to decide water requirement of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Kerala and Pudducherry are the other two member states of CMC which is headed by Union Secretary, Water Resources.

”It would seem equitable if Karnataka should manage water in such a way that Tamil Nadu receives 12 Thousand Million Cubic (TMC) feet during the month of December, 2012,” the Committee said in its interim award.

The six-page award said 12 TMC water would not be enough to save all the standing crop in Tamil Nadu but would also adversely affect Karnataka.

”Both the states would, after this release, have a shortage of approximately 47 TMC against their requirements in December...This is not an elegant situation, as both the states would be dissastified. But in the circumstances, this seems the only pragmatic solution, the best that can be done,” the award read.

It said the shortage would motivate the states to be “More efficient in the usage of available water.”

It agreed that both the states have less water in their reservoirs. While Karnataka has 36.30 TMC against the 10 year average of 53.70 TMC in its four reservoirs, Tamil Nadu has 17.04 TMC against a 10 year average of 59.30 TMC.

Protest erupts
Protests erupted today in the Cauvery heartland over Karnataka government’s decision to release water to Tamil Nadu with the issue rocking the assembly forcing its adjournment for the day following uproarious scenes.

Facing protests and Opposition heat, CM rushed to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister and Union Water Resources Minister to seek their intervention as the state itself was facing a distress situation.

As Karnataka began releasing 10,000 cusecs late last night complying with the Supreme Court directive, attempts were made to block roads on Bangalore-Mysore highway here, prompting police to step up security.

Assembly adjourns
Both the Houses of the Karnataka Legislature, whose winter session is being held at Belgaum, witnessed furore with Opposition Congress and JDS hitting out at the government for “failure” to protect the farmers’ interest. Opposition Congress leader in the Assembly Siddaramaiah demanded that government halt release of water. Both Houses were adjourned for the day in the wake of uproarious scenes. The Houses will meet again on Monday. Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa said the Congress governments in the past had also released water to Tamil Nadu on court directions. The protesters including farmers stormed the Deputy Commissioner’s office here and laid siege to it demanding immediate stoppage of water release. Cauvery Hitarakshana Samithi, a body of farmers spearheading the stir, has given a call for Mandya district bandh on Saturday. The district administration has declared holiday for schools and colleges for two days from Friday. Protests also broke out in Chamarajanagar, another Cauvery basin district. Vehicles have stopped plying from Sathyamangalam near Erode in Tamil Nadu to Mysore following demonstrations and hartal by some Kannada groups in parts of Karnataka. For the second consecutive day, more than 800 lorries, 300 vans and 200 other vehicles have been parked at Sathyamangalam.

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