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Not in a position to release Cauvery water to TN: Siddaramaiah

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Chief Minister today made it clear that the southern state was "not in a position" to release water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu, even as he hoped for a "favourable order" on the long-pending dispute next month.

His remarks come in the wake of a letter written to him by his counterpart Edappadi K Palaniswamy demanding the immediate release of 7 tmc feet of water to the state as per the final order of the Water Disputes Tribunal.

"We do not have water. How can we supply to them? It is not possible to release water to Tamil Nadu," the chief minister said in response to the letter.

"We expect a favourable order," he said on the hearing of the water dispute next month.

Last week, the Supreme had indicated that it would deliver within a month its verdict on the decades-old water dispute between and Karnataka, saying enough confusion had been created on it for over two decades.

A bench of and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud had said that any forum could touch the matter relating to the basin only after it gave the verdict in four weeks.

On the Mahadayi river dispute, Siddarmaiah said a meeting would be called to resolve the matter at the earliest. The affected states will also be invited, he said.

The dispute over the sharing of water of the Mahadayi or between the states of Maharashtra, and is over 30 years old.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 21:10 IST