Amidst the ongoing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the sharing of Cauvery waters, Congress MP P Chidambaram has emphasized the importance of abiding by the decisions made by the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA).
Chidambaram, representing Tamil Nadu in Parliament, highlighted the existence of a commission to address the issue and stressed the need for both states to comply with its rulings.
“The commission is in place to assess this situation. As a Member of Parliament from Tamil Nadu, I can advocate for Tamil Nadu’s demands, just as MPs from Karnataka represent their state. The decisions made by the commission must be respected and acted upon by both states,” stated Chidambaram.
The prolonged conflict revolves around the release of Cauvery waters, crucial for the sustenance of communities in both states. The CWMA had mandated Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs of Cauvery water at Biligundlu from September 28 to October 15, 2023, reducing the previously stipulated amount of 5,000 cusecs. Karnataka cited severe drought conditions within its borders as the reason for its inability to supply water to Tamil Nadu, leading to accusations of misinformation from the Tamil Nadu government.
Karnataka’s Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, announced the state’s intention to file a review petition before the CWMA and the Supreme Court, citing the state’s lack of water as grounds for non-compliance.
In response, farmers in Karnataka have organized protests against the CWMA’s directive, expressing their discontent over the water-sharing arrangement. Additionally, the Naam Tamilar Katchi Party held protests in Madurai, condemning the Congress-led Karnataka government’s stance on the Cauvery River water-sharing issue.
Despite the conflict, the Supreme Court bench declined to intervene in the CWMA’s order, upholding Karnataka’s obligation to release 5,000 cusecs of water daily to Tamil Nadu, underscoring the gravity of the ongoing dispute.