The Cauvery Management Authority at its meeting in New Delhi on Monday directed Karnataka to release 9.19 t.m.c.ft of to Tamil Nadu in June to enable it to take up cultivation of short-term kuruvai crop.
Authority chairman Masood Husain said that the decision was as per the final order of the Supreme Court passed in February last year under which Karnataka should release 177.25 t.m.c.ft a water year June to December from Billiguntlu into the Mettur dam as per the final order of the tribunal.
The authority is empowered to fix the schedule of water release on a monthly and weekly basis.Authority chairman Husain said the decision to release 9.19 t.m.c. ft for June was taken unanimously at the meeting attended by the all the riparian States which include Kerala and Puducherry.
Husain said the quantum was fixed on the basis of level in reservoirs in both the States and the forecast that south-west monsoon would be normal this year.This is the third meeting of the authority since it came into being in June last year. The second meeting was held in December last year at which Tamil Nadu objected to Karnataka taking up a check dam at Mekadatu. It did not accept Karnataka’s plea it was mainly to meet the drinking needs in Mysore and Mandya and not for irrigation.
It has already filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court. In the petition, it has also demanded that a new chairman should be appointed for the authority as the present head Husain is also secretary of the Central Water Commission which gave the go-ahead to Karnataka to undertake a detailed project report on the Mekadatu project.