Cauvery water dispute: PMK founder S Ramadoss alleges Karnataka of diverting water

Alleging that the Karnataka government is trying to redirect the Cauvery water, Ramadoss said that the water that has been released but has not reached Hogenakkal falls as yet.

The war between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery water continues with Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder S Ramadoss now making a fresh allegation against the Karnataka government. Alleging that the Karnataka government is trying to redirect the Cauvery water, Ramadoss said that the water that has been released but has not reached Hogenakkal falls as yet, (water from Hemavathi dam (150 cusecs), Krishnarajasagar dam (873 cusecs), Kabali (100 cusecs) and Harangi (9 cusecs). He also said that Karnataka is trying to make sure no water reaches Tamil Nadu.

He made these allegations on the ground that the water always flows through Hogenakkal even when there is a drought-like situation in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The two states have been facing the worst droughts in the country.

The Karnataka government has been refusing to release water to Tamil Nadu on the pretext that the state was itself facing drought since the last couple of years. They had even disregarded the Supreme Court's order and restrained from releasing the water. This time around again with an order passed by the Supreme Court, Karnataka is in a situation where it is forced to release water. However, the water has still not reached Hogenakkal, hence the PMK leader was forced to speak out.

"When Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was alive, the state government fought for our rights, but now we don't know what to do. Our farmers have been protesting in Delhi for over a month now but no one has taken due note of our needs. As farmers we should all commit suicide, we are the unwanted second class citizens of the state," said Kumaresan, a farmer from Trichy, a Cauvery-delta region.

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