The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) in its meeting directed Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu as scheduled but observed that the state is not in a position to release water due to deficit rainfall this monsoon on Tuesday.
The Cauvery Panel directed Karnataka to release 9.19 TMC feet of water for June and 31.24 TMC for July according to the monthly schedule determined by the water tribunal.
Masood Hussain who chaired the meeting of CWMA said that Karnataka had witnessed a deficit rainfall due to a delayed monsoon. He stated that Karnataka is not in a position to release the designated amount.
“Four water reservoirs in Karnataka have received cumulative inflows of 1.77 TMC up to June 24. The cumulative inflow at Biligundlu on June 23 was 1.885 TMC. Karnataka cannot release the designated amount to Tamil Nadu as normal water availability is not there so far,” said Masood Hussain to media.
The panel has decided Karnataka should release water once the inflow increases. Welcoming their decision Karnataka heaved a sigh of relief while Tamil Nadu remains worried over deepening water crisis in the state. The committee also deferred the discussions on Karnataka’s Mekedatu dam.
Karnataka has been planning to build a multi-purpose reservoir at Mekedatu across Cauvery in Ramanagara District in Karnataka. Meanwhile, Puducherry will receive the same quantum of water according to the existing arrangement between Puducherry and Tamil Nadu.