The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday said chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is keen to meet his Karnataka counterpart Siddaramaiah to discuss the Cauvery river water issue.
A delegation of ministers from Tamil Nadu, led by Palaniswami, plan to meet Siddaramaiah over releasing the state’s share of Cauvery water to ‘save’ samba paddy crop, an official release said.
A meeting, attended by deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, among others, decided that a delegation of ministers from the Cauvery delta districts plan to meet Siddaramaiah and take up the issue.
The Karnataka CM, who had to tell the neighbouring state last year that releasing even the allocated water would be tough due to a weak monsoon, is undecided.
Palaniswami, in the second week of January, wrote to Siddaramaiah stating that there was deficit realisation in the State’s share of Cauvery water to an amount of 68.22 tmcft this year. He sought release of at least 15 tmcft to save samba crop.
Meanwhile, reiterating that Karnataka had not violated any law in connection with the Mahadayi basin, Siddaramaiah said the State has not taken up any work in the basin.