Cauvery water dispute: Monitor river’s flow online, says panel

Headed by Water Resources Secretary, the panel comprises representatives of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala as members.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 13, 2016 3:34 am
Police arrest a miscreant during a protest by Kannada people over Cauvery water row, in Mandya district on Monday. PTI Photo

With Karnataka and Tamil Nadu sticking to their claims on Cauvery water amid a deteriorating law and order situation in both states, the Cauvery Supervisory Committee Monday decided to develop and deploy real-time online monitoring of the river flow to remove disagreements over flow data.

While the committee listened to views of the two states, it did not pass an order today.

Headed by Water Resources Secretary, the panel comprises representatives of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala as members.

At Monday’s meeting, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu presented widely divergent data on the amount of water withdrawn by Karnataka from the river, the reason for current standoff between the two states. Sources said neither state had full information on some flow data requested by the committee chairman, Union Water Resources Secretary Shashi Shekhar. In the absence of adequate data, the committee did not pass an order and asked the states to return with more information at the next meeting scheduled for September 19.

Sources said Shekhar asked the Central Water Commission and the states to establish an online monitoring of flow data in the Cauvery that can be shared with all four states in real time. This will remove contradicting claims of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on which state had used how much water, according to sources.

Meanwhile, 10 companies of Rapid Action Force, together comprising about 1,000 personnel, were sent to violence-struck areas of Karnataka, and also in Tamil Nadu as well. Three companies of RAF, comprising 100 personnel each, and an all-woman CRPF company have already been deployed in Karnataka.

Sources said five to 10 more companies of BSF and ITBP are on standby.

“I am in touch with the Chief Secretary of Karnataka; whatever help is required will be provided,” Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said.