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By V. Ganapathy
The executive committee of the association, which met under the presidentship of T.S. Srinivasa Pillai at Lalgudi today, authorised its general secretary, S. Ranganathan, to either implead himself along with the Tamil Nadu Government in the case, posted for hearing by the Supreme Court on July 22, or to file a separate case on behalf of the association.
Talking to presspersons, Mr. Ranganathan said the Karnataka Government stuck to its original ``stubborn'' stand that it was not duty bound to release water as per the interim award during different months of the year. The refusal to release water, despite the direction from the Prime Minister, Vajpayee, chairman of the Cauvery River Authority, proved the defiance of the Karnataka Government. The failure to release as much as 40 tmcft of water due to Tamil Nadu last irrigation season despite the Karnataka reservoirs having a substantial quantity of water resulted in delta farmers losing heavily. The Mettur dam level also recorded alarming fall towards the closure period and the authorities could not release water for the Kuruvai crop this year. Even to meet the present acute drinking water scarcity, Karnataka was not prepared to release any quantum of water. G. Kanagasabhai, vice-president and N. Natarajan, Technical Advisor of the association, said water level in the delta had gone down so steeply that even farmers with pumpsets were not able to raise kuruvai nurseries or take up transplantation work. The drinking water position was also causing grave concern, they said and appealed to the Tamil Nadu Government and the Union Government to take all steps by approaching the Supreme Court immediately.
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