Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) Tuesday ordered the Karnataka government to release water to Tamil Nadu which is facing an acute water crisis.
The water board has also questioned the Karnataka government as to why the allotted water for June was not released and asked it to provide the allotted amount to Tamil Nadu.
According to the monthly schedule fixed by the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal, the amount of water to be released by Karnataka from Biligundlu site is 9.19 TMC and 31.24 TMC for June and July, respectively.
However, the existing arrangement between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will continue.
This comes amidst protests by the ruling AIADMK government and the DMK party for release of water from Karnataka.
However, the decision is subject to review, depending on the rainfall received by Cauvery basin and the water storage of the four reservoirs in Karnataka.
“The water will be released assuming that monsoon will be normal. The release of water will be reviewed looking at the quantum of the rainfall in the Cauvery basin,” an official said.
Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, for decades, have been locked in a dispute over the sharing of Cauvery water.
The AIADMK had earlier urged the Centre to take control of CWMA and ensure that Tamil Nadu gets its share of water.
DMK has staged protests over the water crisis and accused the ruling AIADMK of not being serious in taking steps to address the issue.
Several parts of the suffering state are reeling under acute water shortage. The Centre, last month, issued a drought advisory to the state amidst depleting water levels in its reservoirs.