Cauvery Supervisory Committee to review water position of the river
Posted on: 10:39 AM IST Jun 12, 2013
New Delhi: The Cauvery Supervisory Committee on Wednesday will review the water position of the river. During the meeting in New Delhi, the position regarding storage and allocation will also be reviewed.
The decision was made keeping in mind the poor storage and oncoming monsoons in Karnataka. The meeting will be attended by the Chief Secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry and Kerala.
On June 7, Karnataka had decided to seek re-fixing of the Cauvery river water share between it and Tamil Nadu, particularly in the four months from June, on the basis of rainfall in the last five years.
As per the Cauvery water tribunal award, Karnataka now has to give Tamil Nadu 134 TMC feet (thousand million cubic) of water between June and September each year.
Acutal rainfall in the last five years shows that Karnataka cannot supply this quantum between June and September and hence would seek re-fixing Tamil Nadu's share at 97.82 TMC feet, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said in the Assembly after an all-party meeting on Cauvery row.
He had said the Cauvery tribunal award, given in 2007, provides for a review every five years of the monthly quantum of water that Karnataka has to give to Tamil Nadu.
"As five years have passed, we will seek a review," he had said.
The Cauvery Supervisory Committee was set up by the Central government on the direction of the Supreme Court to oversee water sharing among Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.
The committee is headed by central water resources secretary and chief secretaries of the three state and the union territory are its members.
With additional information from IANS