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He was requesting the Prime Minister to convene an emergency meeting of the CRA, considering the alacrity with which he (Mr. Vajpayee) had despatched the monitoring committee to study the ground situation in both States. It was only an indication of the profound concern the Prime Minister had over the ticklish question, Mr. Krishna said.
Karnataka had been complying with the directions to the "best of our ability" keeping in view the reservoir position, inflows, outflows, flows generated in the intermediate and lower catchment of Mettur reservoir, he said.
Asked whether he would implement the court's direction, Mr. Krishna said "we hope that rain in the intermediate and lower catchment will improve and 9,000 cusecs as directed by the Supreme Court and the CRA will be available in Mettur reservoir. Hence, the question of releases from the reservoirs of Karnataka may not arise as disclosed in the affidavit before the Supreme Court on October 3. We will closely watch the situation and review the position as and when it becomes necessary''.
He said the history of flows in the last 11 years showed that the intermediate and lower catchments together had generated a minimum of 32.4 tmcft of water (11,880 cusecs) a day in October.
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