Karnataka CM Announces Release Of 20,000 Cusecs Water To Tamil Nadu, More After Monsoons

| June 16 , 2018 , 08:53 IST

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday said that he has directed irrigation authorities to release 20,000 cusecs of water from the Kabini dam to Tamil Nadu, adding that after the monsoons, Karnataka would be able to give Tamil Nadu its share of water from the Cauvery.

"I have instructed irrigation officials to release 20,000 cusecs from the Kabini dam. There is bright chance for good monsoon rains this year... If the monsoon continues like this, we can give Tamil Nadu's share of 10 TMC in June as per the Cauvery water sharing authority's order", said the Karnataka CM.

The water to be released from the Kabini dam would benefit both sides and farmers in both states, he added.

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"By the grace of God the monsoon has so far been good and has created a smooth atmosphere in sharing Cauvery water," CM Kumaraswamy said to media after offering worship at the Sri Meenakshi temple in Madurai.

Kumaraswamy said that there was good rain in the catchment areas of rivers in Karnataka and dams were receiving good inflows.

Sharing of water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had been a matter of contention and led to massive protests from Tamil Nadu over the sharing of Cauvery river water from Karnataka.

After the announcement by Kumaraswamy, Tamil Nadu actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam, expressed happiness over the decision of the Karnataka government to release water to Tamil Nadu.

"Spoke to @CMofKarnataka. Expressed My pleasure on the opening of Kabini. Ultimately even after the Cauvery water management Authority starts functioning, only goodwill between the two States will open many more shut doors," Kamal Haasan said in a tweet.

Although the Supreme Court had directed the establishment of a Cauvery Management Board (CMB) which would detail the water sharing of Cauvery river water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, so far the CMB has not been set up.