Government to start releasing water from today: Siddaramaiah

The required amount of water for farming activities will be released from Thursday, said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. He was addressing the farmers across the Cauvery basin through All India Radio.

“The state government had earlier decided to release water for the agriculture in Cauvery basin from September 10. But considering the scarcity of water for the crops and the situation of the farmers, water will be released from September 8, Thursday,” he said.

The decision to release water early has come as the state has to release water to Tamil Nadu. If the water is supplied in the required form to the agricultural land, then the crops in the Cauvery basin will not suffer, say sources.

Speaking on the AIR, CM appealed the farmers of Cauvery basin not to cause distress in the outburst of their agitation.

Siddaramaiah reiterated the stance of the government to abide by the rule of the Supreme Court. “The government will take all the possible measures to look after that the state will not face any drought like situation,” he said. He expressed his confidence in the legal team of Karnataka, headed by the senior Supreme Court lawyer Fali Nariman, and said they will get justice for the state in the water dispute.

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