CMC likely to meet on October 11

The Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) headed by Union Water Resources Secretary D V Singh is likely to meet on October 11 here.

The committee which includes chief secretaries of the states in the Cauvery river basin - Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry - will discuss the expert committee report on crop and reservoir level situation in the region.

The committee, which is touring Karnataka and Tamil Nadu at present, will submit its report to CMC.

The CMC will make recommendation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is the chairman of the Cauvery River Authority, on how much water should be released to Tamil Nadu after October 15. The prime minister is likely to take a final call on the issue.

Earlier, the Cauvery River Authority had ordered the Karnataka government to release 9,000 cusec of water to Tamil Nadu from September 20 to October 15. Karnataka has urged the Centre to review this order. The Karnataka government has also filed a petition before the Supreme Court to reconsider its order to release 9,000 cusec of Cauvery water daily to Tamil Nadu.

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