Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced that the Karnataka government will file a review petition in the Supreme Court and the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) today. The development comes a day after the Cauvery regulatory body asked the Karnataka government to release 3000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for the next 15 days.
Asking CWMA to reconsider its directions, Karnataka said that the prevailing storage capacities in the four Karnataka reservoirs is insufficient to meet its requirement for irrigation and drinking water needs and requested to review the directions.
The review petition will state “we do not have water and therefore cannot release water”.
The decision to file a review petition was announced after Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and his deputy DK Shivakumar met retired Supreme Court judges, legal advisors, former Advocate Generals and irrigation experts to seek suggestions on the Cauvery water sharing dispute.
They also met legal experts — Shivaraj Patil, Ravindra, Vishwanath Shettar and Gopal Gowda, among others.
Key points discussed in the meeting:
- Formation of an advisory committee.
- Review petition to be filed before CWMA and the Supreme Court.
- Push for the Mekedatu project in the Supreme Court.
Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwar, Law Minister HK Patil, Agriculture Minister Cheluvarayaswamy, Chief Minister’s Political Secretary Govindaraju, Political Advisor Naseer Ahmed and legal advisor Ponnanna were also present at the meeting.
“To advise the government on these matters, it’s important to have an advisory committee comprising of experts,” Siddaramaiah said.
“Data collection and advisory work should be done by the committee. The committee should advise the government and provide information to the legal team about inter-state water disputes,” he added.
Earlier in the day, CWMA endorsed the direction of its assisting body, Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CRWC) asking Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu.