Urging the Centre to direct Karnataka to release 40.43 thousand million cubic feet water to Tamil Nadu, DMK president M K Stalin Friday hit out at the Cauvery Water Management Authority, calling it "toothless." The very first directive of the authority, after it was set up last year, to release 9.19 tmc water to Tamil Nadu for June was "slighted" by Karnataka, the DMK chief alleged. The ruling AIADMK government, however, could neither question the neighbouring State nor urge the Centre to act and farmers, as a result, were betrayed, he said.
While this was the case, the CWMA's second directive to release 31.24 tmc water for July too has also not been complied with by Karnataka, he claimed. The CWMA linking water release to availability in Cauvery basin falling in Karnataka not only amounted to "violating the Supreme Court order, but shows that the authority is toothless and stands with crutches," he alleged.