The Tamil Nadu government is seeking the support of the Central government to resolve the Cauvery water dispute with Karnataka peacefully. They are following the directives from the Supreme Court and the Cauvery tribunal’s award. Tamil Nadu is using legal avenues and engaging with the Union government and the Jal Shakti Minister to find a solution. Their main goal is to secure water for their farmers and not to have disputes with other states.
The Cauvery dispute has escalated recently due to protests from farmers’ organizations in Karnataka. They claim that there is not enough water in the reservoirs due to inadequate rainfall in the Cauvery basin this year. The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) ordered Karnataka to release 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for 15 days starting from September 13. Karnataka challenged this decision in the Supreme Court, but the Court upheld the CWMA’s directive, stating that Tamil Nadu should receive its fair share of Cauvery water.
Tamil Nadu emphasizes the difference between Karnataka’s argument of water scarcity and their own distress as the riparian state. They praise Chief Minister MK Stalin’s handling of the issue and hope that they will soon receive their fair allocation of water.
Meanwhile, farmers in Mandya, Karnataka continue to protest against the release of water to Tamil Nadu. On the other hand, farmers in Trichy, Tamil Nadu are demanding the release of Cauvery water.
The Supreme Court recently declined to intervene in the dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. They acknowledged that the CWMA and CWRC are monitoring water requirements every 15 days. The Court also rejected Tamil Nadu’s request to increase their daily share of Cauvery water from 5,000 to 7,200 cusecs. Tamil Nadu had alleged that Karnataka had deviated from the agreed-upon water release.