Cauvery: TN strongly protests Centre's move, Karnataka relents

Cauvery: TN strongly protests Centre’s move, Karnataka relents

Rama Mohan Rao, Chief Secretary to Tamil Nadu government, has written to Secretary of Union Water Resources Sashi Shekar, urging him to withdraw the Interlocutory Application, which states that the Cauvery Water Management Board can’t be constituted presently.

In his letter, Rao noted that not only had attorney general Mukul Rohatgi submitted before the court that the board was to be constituted on or before October 4, he said that Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the union territory of Puducherry have to nominate their respective representatives in accordance with the final order of the tribunal.

Further, he submitted that after the board is constituted, it can proceed to the site forthwith to take a prima facie view of the ground reality.

He said it is learnt that the Centre has filed an Interlocutory Application on Monday in the Supreme Court seeking modification to the order dated September 9, 2016, stating that the Cauvery Management Board cannot be constituted now.

This is against the assurance given by the Attorney General to the Supreme Court. “We are unable to understand what caused this sudden reversal in Government of India’s stand,” he said in the letter.

The Chief Secretary urged the government to withdraw the application and constitute the Cauvery Management Board on or before October 4, as directed by the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, ending the impasse, Karnataka on Monday decided to release Cauvery river water for irrigation to help its farmers save their standing crop — with some of the water intended to flow to Tamil Nadu as a result.

“The joint session of the state legislature unanimously passed a resolution to release Cauvery water for irrigation purpose, modifying its 23 September resolution to preserve the water for only drinking purpose,” said state Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T.B. Jayachandra.