The technical panel constituted to solve differences between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu regarding the Cauvery water dispute on Friday said it will gather all facts regarding the matter and place them before the Supreme Court. “We want judicious distribution of water between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, we will gather all facts and place them to Supreme Court,” the technical team were quoted saying by news agency ANI.
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The panel also claimed that Karnataka has submitted a memorandum in this regard. “We will visit the entire command, will see what distribution can be offered. Karnataka has submitted a memorandum,” the panel added.
The dispute over the distribution of Cauvery river water began when Tamil Nadu in August approached the Supreme Court complaining that Karnataka had failed to fulfill the water release plan for regular monsoon season as outlined in the final order of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.
On September 5, the Supreme Court directed Tamil Nadu to approach the Supervisory Committee set up to adjudicate disputes arising over the sharing of Cauvery water in times of distress. But keeping in mind the plight of Tamil Nadu farmers, it also passed an interim order to release 15,000 cusecs per day for 10 days (around 12 tmc ft in all) to Tamil Nadu. Massive protests broke out across regions in Karnataka.
The Supreme Court on September 28 ordered the Karnataka government to release 6000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for three days. Although Karnataka were earlier reluctant to do so, the Karnataka legislature on October 3 passed a resolution which would effectively release the ordered amount for the said period of time to Tamil Nadu.
Although the Centre had hesitated on the constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB), it had promised the setting up of the technical panel to resolve issues between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.