Chief Minister congratulates the public for peaceful Bundh;Holds press conference after the meeting with former judges of Supreme Court and High Court

Dr.Thomas (Special Correspondent)

* Review petition to be submitted before Cauvery Water Management Board and Supreme Court tomorrow: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that a review petition will be filed before the Cauvery Water Management Authority and the Supreme Court tomorrow stating that we do not have water and therefore cannot release water.

He was addressing a press conference at his Home Office Krishna today after a meeting with the retired Supreme Court judges and former Advocate Generals of the state.

The Chief Minister congratulated the public for their cooperation,the organizations for ensuring a peaceful bundh.

He also appreciated the officers who maintained law and order well,so that no untoward incident took place anywhere in the state.

The CM informed that Retired Supreme Court Judges and former Advocate Generals participated in the meeting. They have given some opinion and suggestions based on their experience.He said further decision will be taken considering their suggestions.

Expert Advisory Committee

The CM said that it was suggested to form an expert advisory committee to the government exclusively regarding the irrigation projects of the state.

Data collection and advisory work should be done by the committee.The committee should advise the Government and provide information to the legal team about inter-state water disputes.He explained that action will be taken accordingly.

Regarding release of 3000 cusecs of water to Tamilnadu,it was argued before both the committees that we cannot release water as we do not have water.

They have suggested to release 3000 cusecs to settle the balance.The CM said that they have also suggested to file a review petition before the Management Authority and the Supreme Court.

*Intensify for Mekedaatu scheme.

*Strongly insist for Mekedaatu Scheme.

The CM said that the state will intensify it’s demand for Mekedatu scheme in the Supreme Court.He said that it will be explained that Tamilnadu will have no problem Mekedatu scheme.

Mekedatu Balancing Reservoir will have a storage capacity of 67 TMC.It will be used for electricity and drinking water.He said that it has been advised that water can be released to Tamilnadu whenever there is a problem.

Replying to a question,the CM said the a special session will be called if occasion arises.He replied that there will be contempt of court only when the order is deliberately disobeyed.

Deputy Chief Minister D.K.Sivakumar,Home Minister,Dr. G.Parameshwar,Law Minister,H.K.Patil,Agriculture Minister,Cheluvarayaswamy,Chief Minister’s Political Secretary,Govindaraju,Political Advisor,Naseer Ahmed, Legal Advisor Ponnanna were present in the meeting.