Stalin urges Centre to ensure Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu as per SC order | Chennai News


CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin on Friday urged Union jal shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to advise the Cauvery water management authority to ensure the realization of water on the inter-state border, Billigundulu, as per monthly schedule prescribed by the Supreme Court.
Stalin said the state government considered the water level in the reservoir and the meteorology department’s forecast of a normal southwest monsoon to open the reservoir on the customary date of June 12.
“This is being done under the justified assumption that the water release in Cauvery would be as per the monthly schedule fixed by the Supreme Court,” the CM said.
The delta districts would not benefit much from the southwest monsoon and the short-term kuruvai crop would be dependent only on the continuous release of water from the reservoir.
“Hence, any shortfall in release of water as per the schedule will severely impact the standing crop as well as commencing and continuing the samba cultivation from next month,” Stalin said. As per the judgment, the state must receive 9.19tmcft (thousand million cubic feet of water) in June and 31.24tmcft in July.
The letter comes on the eve of Stalin releasing water from Mettur reservoir to the Cauvery delta, the rice bowl of the state. “We depend on them to a great extent for our agricultural production. This year also, our delta farmers are eagerly waiting to commence the cultivation of kuruvai and samba crops,” the chief minister said.

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