TN seeks Rs 2,478 crore compensation from State

TN seeks Rs 2,478 crore compensation from State

TN seeks Rs 2,478 crore compensation from State

Tamil Nadu has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking direction to Karnataka to pay a Rs 2,478-crore compensation for inadequate release of Cauvery river water in a distress year. 

The State government claimed that there has been crop loss as well as electricity shortage to the tune of Rs 1,045 crore and Rs 1,433 crore respectively, last year. The plea is likely to come up for hearing when the Court would re-open after summer vacations.

Meet tomorrow

The first meeting of the newly constituted Supervisory Committee on Cauvery, scheduled on June 1, is likely to take a decision on installing advanced electronic water measurement equipment at all reservoirs in the Cauvery basin areas to monitor accurate water flow and storage.

The meeting, which will be chaired by Union Water Resources Secretary S K Sarkar, will discuss various issues including framing of business rules of the committee, identification of data observation locations in the Cauvery basins and determination of normal and distress years on sharing of water among riparian states.

The committee comprises chief secretaries of the Cauvery basin states (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry and Kerala) and the chairman of the Central Water Commission.

The chief engineer of the Central Water Commission will be its member secretary.