Bengaluru: In a major development in the Cauvery water dispute, the Karnataka government on Monday unanimously passed a resolution to release water to farmers in Cauvery basin for their crops and drinking requirements. 

The resolution has been passed hours after the Supreme Court had set a deadline of 2PM till Tuesday to release the blocked Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. 

The Cauvery water sharing dispute has been a long-standing issue between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, dating to almost more than eight decades. But due to the intensity of the current crisis and the short monsoon rain, Tamil Nadu approached Karnataka for the release of more water, which gradually precipitated into riots.

The Supreme Court had ordered the Siddaramaiah government to stop defying its orders and release the Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.