The Karnataka government has made it clear that it is impossible to release 134 tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu between June and September as stipulated in the Cauvery tribunal's award. On Thursday, the Congress government decided to request the Cauvery supervisory committee to review the earlier order and scale it down to 97.82 tmcft.
"Our farmers need water during this four-month period," chief minister Siddaramaiah said at an all-party meeting convened by him. "Since there is no storage to the extent marked by the tribunal, it has been decided to make a request to scale down the quantum of water from 134 tmcft to 97.82," he said.
In the 2007 final award on Cauvery, it has been stated that the quantum of water to be released every month can be reviewed and amended after five years, "Since five years have elapsed, it's time to request a review," the CM added. Meanwhile, the legislature session has been extended by three days; it will now end on June 12.
Source: The Times of India