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Jagadish, Jaya talks sink

Chennai, Nov. 29: The meeting between Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa and her Karnataka counterpart Jagadish Shettar today on the Cauvery issue failed to yield the desired result.

Jayalalithaa, who flew down to Bangalore for the 40-minute meeting, returned empty handed after Shettar turned down her request for 30 tmc ft (thousand million cubic feet) of water over the next 15 days to save the standing Samba (long-term) crops in about 15 lakh acres of land.

The Supreme Court had asked them to meet to break the deadlock over sharing of Cauvery river water.

Shettar informed Jayalalithaa that Karnataka had no water to spare as its own inadequate storage in the Cauvery reservoirs was just sufficient to meet the drinking water needs of Bangalore and Mysore and a little for its own farmers.

“We will inform the Supreme Court about Karnataka’s refusal,” Jayalalithaa said.

Tamil Nadu’s main crop between October and January has suffered because of weak northeast monsoon and just about 6.35 tmc ft of water in the Mettur dam from where water is released to the Cauvery delta region.