Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Centre failed to form statutory bodies for Cauvery, say farmers

Members of Cauvery Urimai Meetpu Kuzhu and farmers staged a demonstration near the railway station here urging the Union government to form the Cauvery Management Board and Water Regulation Committee immediately.

The demonstration was led by P. Maniarasan, Convenor of the Kuzhu. Maniarasan said that the union government should have formed the statutory bodies when the final award of the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal was published in the gazette. Due to the delay, Karnataka had not released the due share of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu this year.

But now 40,000 cusecs of water was released from Karnataka after the state received copious showers due to South West Monsoon and it could not store the excess water in its reservoirs. “Karnataka has been using Tamil Nadu as a spillway by releasing water when it could not store. There should be distress sharing”, Mr. Maniarasan said.

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu should take a delegation of all party leaders to Delhi and appeal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to interfere and make Karnataka release water, he added.

Durai Balakrishnan, assistant general secretary, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), Ayyanapuramj C. Murugesan, general secretary, Thamizhar Desiya Iyakkam, A. Nalladurai, convenor of the Naam Thamizhar Katchi, T. Manimozhiyan, general secretary of Thamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam, and Cauvery Dhanabalan, general secretary of Cauvery Vivasayigal Padukappu Sangam took part in the agitation.

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