In 2023-24, Karnataka released only 11.6tmcft of water as against 40.4tmcft due at Biligundlu, the inter-state border, between June 1 and July 31. “Such a huge shortfall has been thrust on TN, even while Karnataka has a gross storage of 91tmcft in its four major reservoirs, against their full storage capacity of 114.6tmcft,” Stalin said in a letter to Modi, drawing the latter’s attention to the “grim scenario” faced by the farmers trying to save their kuruvai (the short-term paddy crop).
“Two dynasty parties Congress and DMK of the INDIA aka UPA who come together only because they hate PM Modi and want to protect their dynasty-writing to PM to ask his help to sort their dispute because they can’t solve it themselves.”
BJP leader and Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar
He said the available water in Mettur could support the standing kuruvai for only 15 days more, while it would require water for another 45 days for maturity and optimum yield.
Considering the “precarious situation”, the state government took up the issue with Union jal shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on July 5 and 19. “But Karnataka has not relented and except for the runoff from the fully filled Kabini reservoir, no water has been released from its reservoirs, which are 80% full,” he said.