The Cauvery Regulation Committee at its first meeting in New Delhi on Thursday directed the lower riparian States of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to furnish the storage position in their dams so that the committee to decide on the quantum that Karnataka should release and the share of the four States.
Committee chairman Navin Kumar told reporters that the two States had been asked to give the details by July 16. The committee, the technical arm of the Cauvery Management Authority, decides on the quantum of water that should be released every month at ten-day interval during the water year from June to February.
Navin Kumar said as there was sufficient rainfall in the catchment areas of Cauvery this year, there was no need for the committee to visit the dams in Karnataka and other States for physical verification of the storage positions. He said that the States had been asked to use the latest technology to assess the storage positions in their reservoirs.
After assessing the residual water in the reservoirs this year, the committee will decide the share of the four riparian States.
As Union Territory of Puducherry is at the tail-end of the Cauvery in the Karaikkal enclave and it does not have any dams, it is not covered about the committee’s order. It is entitled to four tmc.ft every year and Kerala 30 tmc ft.
The Supreme Court has in its Feb 16 order had modified the final order of the tribunal and reduced Tamil Nadu’s share from 192 t.m.c. ft to 177.25 t.m.c. ft. The reduced share of 15 t.m.c ft is to be used by Karnataka to meet the drinking needs of Bengaluru.