The Karnataka government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against its order directing the state to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu every day for 10 days. The plea to modify the September 5 verdict was filed at 10.30pm on Saturday, The Hindu reported.
According to the petition, the state has already released 66,000 cusecs of water between September 5 and September 10 as a goodwill gesture, even though Tamil Nadu uses the water for storage prupose, while Karnataka is facing an acute shortage of drinking water. The Siddaramaiah government informed the court that the Samba region in Tamil Nadu had sufficient supply of ground water for cultivation, but Karnataka farmers do not have sufficient water for irrigation.
On Thursday, the state came to a standstill after farmers and activists called a bandh to protest against the apex court judgment. Siddaramaiah has also has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting a meeting along with Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, reported NDTV. The state government has welcomed the statement by Union Minister Uma Bharti who said she will intervene in the matter to find a solution.