The Cauvery Monitoring Committee Thursday directed Karnataka to release 8.85 TMC of water to Tamil Nadu from October 16 till the end of this month. Having already stopped water to Tamil Nadu,a defiant Karnataka said it was not in a position to release any water.
The committee chaired by Water Resources Ministry Secretary Dhruv Vijai Singh and consisting of the chief secretaries of all four river basin states met to decide the amount of water to be released by Karnataka after October 15. Earlier,the Cauvery Water Authority chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had decided that Karnataka should release 9,000 cusecs of water daily till October 15.
At todays meeting,sources said both the sides stuck to their respective positions: Karnataka reiterating that it cannot release any more water and Tamil Nadu demanding 48 TMC of water. At present not much water is available. Both the states will have to share some of the burden of the distress, said a senior Water Resources Ministry official who was present at the meeting.
Karnataka later said the committees order explicitly recognises that the 8.85 TMC of water that it was expected to release could come from the reservoirs or from the catchment area below the reservoirs and above Biligundlu,the inter-state contact point.