The Tamil Nadu government is all set to file today a fresh plea in the supreme court against Karnataka over the vexatious Cauvery row, urging an order to the neighbouring state to release water from the river, which is lifeline to delta districts in central TN.
An announcement in this regard was made in the Assembly recently, it may be noted. Jayalalithaa on Thursday told the Legislative Assembly that she had ordered filing of an interlocutory petition in the Supreme Court seeking release of Cauvery water as per the final award of the Cauvery Water Tribunal. The petition has been necessitated as Karnataka had refused to release the water.
“The interlocutory petition will be filed in a couple of days. I have confidence that we will get appropriate orders from the apex court and will get our share of water as per the final award of the tribunal,” she said in a suo motu statement in the House.
The Chief Minister said Karnataka did not release water during June and July this year as per the tribunal award.
She also said that both Karnataka and the central government have not replied to her letters on the release of Cauvery water.
As on August 17, storage in Mettur was 27.560 TMC ft and the combined storage in Harangi, Hemavathi, Krishnarajasagar and Kabini reservoirs in Karnataka was 64.849 TMC ft and that state continued to release water for irrigation, she said.
“I have ordered filing an interim petition in the Supreme Court to get our due share of Cauvery water as Karnataka is not forthcoming to release water in accordance with the Cauvery Tribunal’s final award,” she said.