Karnataka government plans all-party meeting on August 23 for Kaveri dispute resolution.

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Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister, DK Shivakumar, announced on Sunday that the state government has scheduled an all-party meeting for August 23 to address longstanding water disputes related to the Cauvery (Kaveri) River. Shivakumar emphasized that senior Parliament members have also been invited to participate in the meeting with the aim of finding a resolution to this enduring issue between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.Shivakumar stated, “The Karnataka government is convening an all-party meeting to discuss water disputes concerning the Cauvery River. The meeting is set for Wednesday, August 23rd. I have extended invitations to senior Parliament members to join this meeting, as we strive to find a solution to this issue.”The Deputy CM further shared that they would be appealing to the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) to reconsider their directive regarding the sharing of water with Tamil Nadu. The CWMA had instructed Karnataka to release 10,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu over a 15-day period, despite the state’s ongoing water scarcity due to severe drought conditions.In compliance with the Supreme Court’s directive, Karnataka had already begun releasing water from the Cauvery over the past few days. However, Shivakumar expressed concern that this decision might adversely affect the availability of potable water within Karnataka, and therefore urged the authority to review their decision.Former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai weighed in on the matter, accusing the Congress government of betraying farmers by not adequately representing their concerns before the CWMA. Bommai urged the government to stand up for the state’s farmers in the Supreme Court and advocate for their case based on merit rather than passively complying with the authority’s decisions.The Cauvery River is an interstate basin that originates in Karnataka, flows through Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, and eventually empties into the Bay of Bengal. The basin’s total watershed area is approximately 81,155 square kilometers, with Karnataka accounting for about 34,273 square kilometers, Kerala for 2,866 square kilometers, and Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry for the remaining 44,016 square kilometers.

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