Supervisory committee meet on Sept 12

Supervisory committee meet on Sept 12

Supervisory committee meet on Sept 12

Amidst the row over release of the Cauvery water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu, the Centre has decided not to send its  teams to the Cauvery basin states to study the water situation due to shortage of time. Instead, it has convened Cauvery Supervisory Committee meeting on September 12.

Union Water Resources Secretary Shashi Shekar has convened the meeting of the Supervisory Committee and intimation has been sent to the riparian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. The meeting has been convened as per the Supreme Court direction and the committe will take a call on release of water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu, sources told DH.

Sources said the Ministry will not send any team to the Cauvery basin states to study the water situation due to shortage of time. “As data related to storage of water in reservoirs in all the states is available with the Ministry, there is no need to send any team now”, said an official from the Ministry. Besides, there is no time to send a team to the states as the Apex Court order says that the Committee has to pass its order within four days of Tamil Nadu approaching it.

With Tamil Nadu approaching the Ministry on Wednesday evening, a meeting has to be convened with in four days. As the fourth day happens to be a Sunday, meeting has been called on Monday, sources said.

The Supreme Court on Monday, while directing Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water daily to the neighbouring state for 10 days had asked Tamil Nadu to approach the Supervisory Committee. The court said the Committee shall issue appropriate direction keeping in view the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. 

On Wednesday, Karnataka had requested Ministry of Water Resources to depute a Central team to study the ground realities in the Cauvery basin. Karnataka Chief Secretary Arvind Jadhav in his letter said that it was the unanimous opinion of all the political parties in the state that the order of the Supreme Court would have been different if an expert report on ground realities in Cauvery basin was available to it.

“The release of water would spell doom to the state. The drinking water requirement is likely to be jeopardised if the present stock of live storage of 47 tmcft in the four reservoirs in Cauvery basin is depleted by the release as directed”, the letter stated.

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