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Committee directs Karnataka to release Cauvery water to TN

New Delhi, July 16 (): The Supreme Court-appointed committee for sharing the Cauvery water is assumed to have urged the state to release water to Tamil Nadu according to the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, after the catchment areas of Karnataka reservoir received sufficient rain in the past two weeks.

Analysing the situation, a team led by Union water resources secretary S K Das noted that there have been good inflows of water into Karnataka reservoirs. “Release of water should be as instructed by the final award of the tribunal, as the existence of monsoon is much more than expected,” said an official. Karnataka has also accepted to follow the orders, added the official.

Making a demand, Tamil Nadu appealed to the committee to allot the required portion of water meant for Kerala to Tamil Nadu besides 192tmcft of water approved by the tribunal for Tamil Nadu per water year. As reports said that Kerala has the capacity of using only 8 to 9 tmcft of water, it was then requested that remaining 21tmcft of water meant for Kerala be diverted to Tamil Nadu from Kabini reservoir.

Sources also said that Kerala has not yet made arrangements to construct dams to store Cauvery water. A day before, as the gross storage in Karnataka reservoirs was about 82 tmcft, chief secretary from Tamil Nadu Sheela Balakrishnan made an appeal to the panel to issue an order to Karnataka to release 34 tmcft of water to the state of Tamil Nadu for the month of July and 50 tmcft for August according to the ten-day interval procedure set down by the tribunal.

Sources said that after the storage level in Karnataka reservoirs has shot up by 40 tmcft in 18 days in June, Tamil Nadu demanded the Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee to resolve the long-lasting battle between both the states at the earliest.