External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop further release of water to Tamil Nadu and to seek a report from the team that has been deputed to assess the water situation.“I would kindly urge upon you to explore the possibilities of stopping further release of water from dams in Karnataka and also call for an interim report of the team of experts,” Krishna, now on an official visit to the US, said in a letter to Singh, a copy of which was released here.Krishna hails from Cauvery basin district of Mandya, the epicenter of the stir.
The Minister said that the situation was grim in Cauvery irrigation areas and also in Bangalore following depleted water level in dams after the release of water, as per the September 19 directive of the Cauvery River Authority, headed by Singh, and upheld by the Supreme Court recently.“I sincerely feel that the situation needs your immediate attention, if it is to be prevented from worsening, as there is already a strong feeling among people of Karnataka that they may have to face severe shortage of water in the months to come,” Krishna said.
Krishna also pointed out that the monsoon was over in Karnataka while the North-East monsoon would commence in Tamil Nadu and has the prospects of adequate rains.The Karnataka Government began releasing 9,000 cusecs after the Supreme Court asked it to abide by the CRA directive, till October 15.
As a Union Minister S.M Krishna to be neutral for all the states in India. Without analyzing the position of Tamil Nadu farmers who are suffering without water even for beginning their work in paddy fields, he should not have written to P.M. for stopping further release of cauvery water.