Karnataka CM to Tamil Nadu: It’s scarcity here, can’t give water

BENGALURU: In what is being perceived as the two states preparing their positions on sharing water of the contentious Cauvery, CMs of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on Saturday squabbled about flow of water with the former demanding 15 tmcft to save crops and the latter maintaining that low storage levels in reservoirs meant that nothing could be released to the neighbouring state. 

In his letter to Mr Siddaramaiah, Tamil Nadu CM Edapadi K. Palaniswami explained about availability of water in reservoirs in the Cauvery basin, adding “As per the final order of the tribunal, Karnataka has to ensure 192 tmcft during a water year. However, till on January 9, Mettur reservoir received only 111.647 tmcft leaving a deficit of 68.224 tmcft of water. In response, Mr Siddaramaiah told the media in Delhi that it would not be possible to ensure flow of water to TN. “We do not have water. How can we supply to them? 

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