The Centre failed to broker a solution to the dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the release of Cauvery waters. Following instructions of the Supreme Court, the Centre had directed Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi earlier this week to arrange a meeting of both States to try and find a solution to the imbroglio over sharing of waters.
After the meeting on Thursday, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said in a press briefing that all the concerns and objections raised by both States would be placed verbatim before the Supreme Court on Thursday night. The SC is expected to hear the matter on Friday.
Tamil Nadu, according to Ms. Bharti, rejected a suggestion by Karnataka to constitute an expert committee to ascertain the quantity of water available in the Cauvery basin. Before the meeting, attended by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Tamil Nadu Minister for Public Works E.K. Palaniswamy and top water officials from the two States and the Centre, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, in a written statement, insisted that a Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) be expeditiously constituted.