A brewing storm - Cauvery River water sharing dispute

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  1. Tolaha

    Tolaha Senior Member Senior Member

    Nov 28, 2009
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    A brewing storm - Analysis - DNA

    It is that time of the year when millions of farmers in Mandya, Karnataka, and Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu offer special prayers to see mother Cauvery flow in full glory. But their fears of an adverse nature seems to be coming true yet again with Karnataka caught in severe drought and water not flowing to Tamil Nadu.

    The Supreme Court’s order to release 10,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till September 20 has already triggered protests in Mandya and Mysore, with farmers threatening the Karnataka government against sacrificing the interests of its own farmers to placate Tamil Nadu. The situation could easily to out of control if political leadership fails to show maturity.

    The Cauvery River Authority (CRA) meeting, to be chaired by prime minister Manmohan Singh on September 19, will test the political acumen and statesmanship of Singh, and the chief minsters of two states—Jagadish Shettar and Jayalalithaa. Any decision with unfair tilt towards any state could invite trouble that could pose a serious problem for the spirit of federalism of the country. Singh’s approach of silence and inaction could prove disastrous for the two states.

    The political brinkmanship in the past indulged in by leaders on both sides have left horrific memories of loss of innocent lives and sowing seeds of hatred between the people of two states. The fresh challenge has also provided the leadership a new opportunity to explore new methodologies to resolve the dispute, which has so far revolved around trying to get their respective share of water ignoring the needs the other.

    It is time the principles of efficient use of water, shifting to varieties of crops that consume lesser water, modernisation of canal systems and equitable sharing of distress during the lean seasons in ingrained in sharing of waters. Such a system could automatically irrigate more acres of land with the same quantum of water.

    Though an attempt was made in the past by involving the farmers of the two states in finding a solution for the water sharing issue, it is not a bad idea to work out a new mechanism where the farmers of the two states have a greater say in sharing of water during the distress season.
  3. KS

    KS Bye bye DFI Veteran Member

    Aug 3, 2010
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    Wasnt it raining cats and dogs in KA some time before..has it stopped ?
  4. SpArK

    SpArK SORCERER Senior Member

    Oct 24, 2010
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    Protests in Karnataka after SC orders release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu

    Protests erupted late Wednesday in Cauvery belt in Karnataka hours after Supreme Court's directive to the state to release 10,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu.

    Authorities in Mandya, about 80 km from Bangalore, announced that schools and colleges will be closed on Thursday and Friday following a call by farmers' groups for a shutdown in the district and to lay siege to Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir on Thursday as water is expected to be released from there.

    Vehicular movement between Bangalore and Mysore, about 130 km away, was disrupted for several hours late Wednesday as farmers' groups and Kannada organisations blocked the highway at Mandya.

    Mandya is around 50 km from Mysore. Though KRS is about 20 km from Mysore city, it is located in Mandya district which is the hotbed of agitation if Cauvery water is to be released to Tamil Nadu when Karnataka is hit by drought.

    Prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more people have been imposed at the KRS reservoir from Thursday morning till Sunday evening. KRS is a major tourist attraction, with the famous Brindavan Gardens.

    This year, monsoon has failed in Karnataka and out of the state's 176 taluks or revenue sub-division, the state has declared over 150 taluks drought hit. Of them 47 are in the state's Cauvery belt.

    The Supreme Court's decision had its echo in the state assembly which on Wednesday began its winter session in Belgaum, about 500 km north of Karnataka. The opposition Congress led the demand that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state should not release water in view of the drought in the state.

    Leader of the opposition in the assembly Siddaramaiah of Congress, who hails from Mysore, urged the Jagadish Shettar government to take a firm stand on the issue.

    He was supported by leader of the Janata Dal-Secular group in the assembly H.D. Revanna.

    Shettar assured the house that his government was committed to protecting the state's interests and a decision to release the water will not be taken in a hurry.

    The apex court directive to Karnataka on Wednesday followed failure of Shettar and his Tamil Nadu counterpart J. Jayalalithaa to reach an agreement on sharing waters at their meeting here on November 29.

    The two met following Supreme Court's suggestion.

    Read more at: Protests in Karnataka after SC orders release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu : South, News - India Today

    Read more at: Protests in Karnataka after SC orders release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu : South, News - India Today
  5. SPIEZ

    SPIEZ Senior Member Senior Member

    Sep 24, 2011
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    Yes to an extent.

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