Chennai, Nov 29 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today said despite having adequate storage in its reservoirs, Karnataka flatly refused to release the State's bare minimum requirement of 30 tmc of water to save the standing Samba crops in 14.93 lakh acres, which were facing the prospect of withering.
Talking to reporters on his arrival from Bangalore after meeting her Karnataka counterpart Jagadish Shettar on the vexed Cauvery issue as per the Supreme Court advice, she said the present active storage level in Mettur reservoir was only 6.34 tmc ft after accounting for dead storage (5 tmc ft) and drinking water requirements (5 tmc ft). This water would last only for six days, she added. "After that unless there is further release of water from Karnataka for Mettur Dam, the standing samba crop will wither.
"We need to save the standing samba crop by providing 65 days of steady irrigation for farmers in delta area", she added. She said she had explained in great detail and requested Karnataka to release 30 tmc ft of water, which was the very bare minimum. Ms Jayalalithaa told Karnataka that it has to maintain some allocation if the standing samba crops were to be saved as Tamil Nadu had to provide 65 days uninterrupted irrigation supply to farmers.
"I requested Karnataka to at least release 30 tmc ft of water for 15 days. 'But the Karnakata Chief Minister just flatly refused sayi