Prime News, Nation, (Chennai), January 18:-Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Wednesday hit out at the Centre for not acting on its plea seeking Cauvery water release from Karnataka, and said that steps would be taken “in a day or two” to release the available water to delta farmers to save their standing crops.
Palaniswami said while the Supreme Court has said its judgment on Cauvery issue will be given soon, there was no adequate water to be provided to delta farmers.
In view of insufficient seasonal rainfall, water required could not be given to the farmers, he told reporters after taking part in the 101st birth anniversary celebrations of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazgaham (AIADMK) founder and former Chief Minister M G Ramachandran (MGR).
“Still, in view of non-availability of adequate water, we sent a letter to the Centre, (but) they did not take any action,” he said in response to a question on delta farmers vis-a-vis the Cauvery judgement.
Palaniswami said letters were later sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah seeking water. Additionally, an interim petition was filed in the apex court seeking water. However, they said the plea could not be accepted in view of the verdict which was to be delivered soon.
A letter was again written to Siddaramaiah, urging him to save the standing paddy crops of delta farmers, he said, adding, “you all know what was the reply to it.” Siddaramaiah has reportedly said it was not possible to release water to Tamil Nadu.
As far as the state government was concerned, steps were being taken to provide available water to farmers so that they could harvest and get full yield of the standing paddy crops, Palaniswami said.
“We will take steps for the release of available water to the extent possible in a day or two,” Palaniswami said.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)