The state delegation of all party leaders led by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, made a fervent appeal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to notify the final award of Cauvery Water Dispute Tribuna(CWDT).

The delegation which met Singh at his residence in New Delhi on Monday, explained the adverse consequences in Karnataka if the CWDT award is notified. Water Resources minister Basavaraj Bommai, leader of the opposition in legislative assembly Siddaramaiah, his council counterpart SR Patil and JD(S) leader HD Revanna were part of the delegation.

If the notification is issued, present institutions like the Cauvery River Authority and the Cauvery Monitoring Committee will be wound up and instead the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee will be formed with representatives from the riparian States — Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry, they said.

Shettar not only expressed Karnataka’s inability release any more water to Tamil Nadu under the prevailing poor storage in the reservoirs of Cauvery basin, but also stated that the final award of CWDT would reduce the availability of water for irrigation in the state and also for drinking water purposes for people of Bangalore, Mysore and other towns.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the Prime Minister, Shettar said that Singh had given patient hearing for the grievances of Karnataka. “The PM has assured us that he would consult legal experts on the issues we have raised before taking any decision on notifying the CWDT award,” he said.

Courtesy: DNA

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