With the summer heat intensifying in Karnataka and with a long way to go before the monsoon rains begin, CM Siddaramaiah today said that Karnataka is not in a position to release water to Tamil Nadu.
Speaking to reporters after the Police Flag Day function, he said that the reservoirs are empty and this has been conveyed to the visiting team of Tamil Nadu water officials who met Karnataka Chief Secretary Subhash Khuntia on Saturday in the Vidhana Soudha.
The team from Tamil Nadu consisted of four officials and was headed by its Public Works Department Principal Secretary S K Prabhakar. They had requested Chief Secretary Khuntia water for drinking purposes. The meeting lasted for an hour.
"We have explained our constraints to release water because of the severe shortage in the basin. It is difficult to meet Tamil Nadu's request. But we are ready to help in the coming days when the water availability increases," said Khuntia after the meeting.
It is alleged that the Tamil Nadu team did not discuss the recent Supreme Court order asking Karnataka release 2,000 cusecs per day to Tamil Nadu. They had sought water based on humanitarian grounds.
As of today, the situation in the state's Cauvery reservoirs is only 8.8 tmcft. Karnataka requires about 3 tmcft per month and can only manage till the end of May.