Cauvery row: Karnataka to challenge CWRC’s recommendation

Bengaluru, Oct 12 (UNI) Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar on Thursday said the state government will challenge the CWRC’s order, recommending Karnataka to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

On Wednesday, the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) asked Karnataka to release water starting from October 16 up to October 31.

CWMA is expected to hear the matter and decide on approving CWRC’s recommendation. “We find it very difficult, as still there are no rains,” Shivakumar said.

Replying to a query on difficulties faced by farmers to operate their pump sets due to load shedding, Shivakumar said there is shortage of power due to the drought in many parts of the state.

Karnataka Energy Minister KJ George has met Union Power Minister RK Singh seeking power supply from the central grid, he said.

Shivakumar also flayed the BJP for not adding power as he did by adding 12,000 MW of power in his capacity of power minister in the Congress government earlier.

“Usually, 10-15 per cent growth will be there every year. The BJP just sold the power. Did not add power. There is drought in almost 200 taluks,” he said.

There also are the issues of water and coal that are required to generate power, Shivakumar said.

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