TN CM Urges Release of Cauvery Water from Karnataka to Save Crops
TN CM Urges Release of Cauvery Water from Karnataka to Save Crops

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has written a letter to Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, expressing concerns over the release of water from the Cauvery River by Karnataka. The focus of his letter is on the potential risks posed to the current Kuruvai crop in Tamil Nadu due to the water situation.

Taking to Twitter, the Chief Minister tweeted, "I have reached out to Hon'ble @gssjodhpur, requesting the release of #Cauvery water and emphasizing the risks faced by the current Kuruvai crop in Tamil Nadu. I urge immediate attention to this critical issue."

In his letter, Chief Minister Stalin underscored the risks confronting the current Kuruvai crop in Tamil Nadu, attributing them to Karnataka's failure to release the due share of Cauvery waters. He also highlighted that the Mettur reservoir, opened on June 12 to facilitate Kuruvai crop cultivation, received significantly lower flow from June 1 to July 17, falling short by 22.54 TMC.

Chief Minister Stalin acknowledged Tamil Nadu's efforts to manage the crisis through prudent water management but emphasized that addressing the demand-supply gap requires releases from Karnataka. He noted that during a meeting on July 5, the Tamil Nadu Minister for Water Resources sought the Union Jal Shakti Minister's intervention and requested Karnataka to compensate for the shortfall.

The Chief Minister expressed grave concern that the standing Kuruvai crop in the state could only be saved if Karnataka promptly released water. He urgently appealed for the Union Jal Shakti Minister's personal intervention and requested the Cauvery Water Management Authority to instruct Karnataka to adhere to the monthly schedule prescribed by the Supreme Court and make up for the shortfall.

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