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Karnataka halts water release

Mandya, Oct. 8 (PTI): Karnataka today stopped the release of Cauvery water citing depleted storage at one of its dams, hours after Manmohan Singh asserted that only an authority headed by him could review its earlier order to release 9,000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu.

“We have closed the five gates through which the water is flowing to Tamil Nadu,” said Vijayakumar, the chief executive engineer of Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) dam.

Water was being released from the KRS and Kabini dams. The discharge from Kabini was stopped two days ago, he said.

In Delhi, Karnataka chief minister Jagadish Shettar said the state would file a review petition tomorrow before the Cauvery River Authority (CRA), headed by the Prime Minister and request him to take it up “immediately”.

Earlier in the day, Singh explained his position to leaders of the ruling BJP and the Congress, who met him separately seeking a review of the CRA’s September 19 directive to release 9,000 cusecs. The Supreme Court had upheld the order.

But today, Karnataka informed the apex court that it could not release any more water.