Bangalore/New Delhi: The Karnataka government on Friday released Cauvery River water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu to avoid contempt of court as the Supreme Court had directed the state government on Wednesday to release 10,000 cusecs of Cauvery water by Sunday.
On the Apex Court's direction, the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) met in the national capital to take stock of the water needs of the two states in view of vast divergence in their claims.
The Apex Court had also directed the CMC, comprising union water resources secretary and chief secretaries of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry, to submit a report to it by Monday on its decision. Hence, the CMC decision is crucial for both the states.
Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, who flew to New Delhi on Friday morning to plead the state's case with the central government, met union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat and briefed him on the difficulty the state would face if more water is released to Tamil Nadu.
"We explained to the minister the serious drought situation, lack of water in our reservoirs and our requirement," Shettar said.