Wading into the Cauvery dispute, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy had this advice for the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday:
While the media might ask why Swamy is indirectly supporting the Congress government of Karnataka over a neutral AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu, his advice is indeed worth noting.
Tamil Nadu already has two desalination plants – at Nemmeli and Minjur. Both the plants supply dirnking water to the city of Chennai. More such plants are in the works.
Protesters in Karnataka burn images of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalitha. PTI
The dispute over the sharing of Cauvery water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu took a violent turn on Tuesday.
Though Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said he would adhere to the Supreme Court directive and release 15,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu for 10 days, he reiterated that his own state was facing distress.
Before the Supreme Court directive, Karnataka was releasing only 8000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu had moved court after Karnataka released far less water this year than was decided in 2007 by a court-appointed tribunal.
The dispute over Cauvery.
On Tuesday, violent protests erupted in Mandya district in southern Karnataka with protesters blocking buses going to Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Karnataka said that it can give 10,000 cusecs of water a day because poor rain has reduced water capacity of reservoirs lowering water availability, “not even for drinking”.