Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, in his initial reaction to the Supreme Court direction to release water to Tamil Nadu, said that there is no water to release.
"Where is water to release. I will consult the Advocates and after getting details will react," he told newsmen on Thursday.Minister for Water Resources M B Patil, talking to newsmen, said that the State is not in a position to release water as the storage level is poor in all the four reservoirs in the Cauvery basin and the present water level is inadequate even to meet the drinking water requirement of the cities fed by the river as well as the standing crops.
Reacting to the Supreme court's direction to release of 4 tmc ft of water to Tamil Nadu, he said the present storage in all the four reservoirs in Karnataka in the Cauvery basin is only about 9 tmc of water which is not enough to meet the drinking water and crop needs"."We will direct the Legal team to communicate about the poor water storage situation in our dams to the Supreme Court" he said.The new water release season had ended in December 2017, the minister said. UNI
The Apex Court had warned the State that it would have to face the consequence if water was not released during its observations today.