Karnataka tells SC that the State had released Cauvery water more than TN’s entitlement

Karnataka on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it had released more water from the river Cauvery to Tamil Nadu than what it is entitled to receive at the State borders.

The counsel for the State brought this to the notice of the Apex court which had orally mentioned that there was a shortage of four tmc ft of water which the State might have to release.

According to official sources, the court had directed Karnataka to file an affidavit to this effect by Tuesday.

During the Day both Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Water Resources Minister M B Patil had expressed inability to release further water in view of the poor storage conditions in the four Cauvery basin reservoirs. The storage level was only 9 tmc ft in these reservoirs and would even fall short to meet the drinking water requirements and to release water to standing crops.

The sources said The state would file its affidavit submitting that the share of Tamil Nadu in this distriess water year (upto April 20-18) was 98.06 tmc ft. However Karnataka has ensured 116.74 tmc ft, the surplus being 18.68 tmc ft. Besides Karnataka would also submit that the live storage in Mettur in Tamil Nadu was 9.56 tmc ft which is sufficient to meet its drinking water needs. Karnataka would also submit that the live storage in its four reservoirs was 9.93 tmc ft which was entirely required to meed the drinking water needs of rural and urban areas, including Bengaluru city.

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