Karnataka has agreed to release 40 t.m.c. ft of Cauvery water as directed by the Cauvery RiverManagement Authority.
The authority at its meeting in New Delhi onTuesday directed Karnataka to release 9.19 TMC feet of water for June and 31.24 TMC feet of water for July to Tamil Nadu as per the monthly schedule finalised by the water tribunal and modified by the Supreme Court.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the CWMA presided over by chairman Masood Hussain. It also decided the quantum of water to be released to Puducherry which is downstream, of Karnataka. The meeting was attended the four basin States of Tamil Nadu,Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry.
Hussain told the media later that the rainfall was deficient during the period from June 1 to June 20 in the catchments of Krishnaraja Sagar and Kabini reservoir. It was also observed that during the period, the four reservoirs of Karnataka received cumulative inflows of about 1.77 TMC upto June 24 and cumulative flow in Biligundlu site in Tamil Nadu as on June 23 was 1.88 TMC.
"The matter was deliberated in detail and the authorities resolved that Karnataka should release water for the months of June and July as per the monthly schedule mentioned in the final order of Tribunal and modified by the Supreme Court subject to the inflows being normal," he said. All decisions are taken by consensus.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu demanded release of the entire quantity of 9.19 TMC feet of water for June and 31.24 TMC feet of water for July from Karnataka. It also demanded that Karnataka should thereafter release water for the remaining months as per the pattern of releases prescribed by the Cauvery River Tribunal and modified by the judgement of the Supreme Court for the irrigation season/water year 2019-20.
The state said that it could not open Mettur Dam on the scheduled date of June 12 this year too for Cauvery Delta Irrigation due to non-release of water by Karnataka and the resultant poor storage in Mettur.
The release of 40 t.mc.ft of water by Karnatkaa in the next two months will be a big relief for the delta farmers who can now take up long term samba crop cultivation but also water starved Chennai and other districts in the State. The Tamil Nadu Government has decided to divert nine .t m.c.ft water to Veeranam from Mettur and from there take it through giant pipes to Chennai which is 220 km north.