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Karnataka cheating on Cauvery: Jaya

Charging Karnataka with 'unjustly utilising' Cauvery water for summer irrigation, the Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa asked Prime Minister Manmhohan Singh on Saturday to convene a meeting of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) to discuss the issue.

Karnataka has been 'unjustly utilising' the water for summer irrigation from February to May by depleting storage in its four major reservoirs, she said in a letter to Singh.

The combined gross storage in the four major reservoirs of Karnataka as on 1 February 2012 was 58.50 TMC ft and on 14 May it was 28.176 TMC ft, Jayalalithaa claimed. She said, 'Karnataka had depleted a storage of about 30.33 TMC ft from 1.2.2012 to 14.5.2012, besides utilising the flows of about 11 TMC ft.' Thus, the total utilisation during the period was about 41 TMC ft, she added.

Due to depletion of storage during summer, Karnataka 'impounds' initial monsoon flows in its dams and released water only when they become surplus, she said, adding, this affected inflows into Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu.

However, Karnataka maintained that it was ensuring the release of water in excess of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal's order and saw no need for a CRA meeting.
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