A day before the crucial hearing on the Cauvery dispute in Supreme Court, a panel Monday favoured “optimal, dynamic and resilient” planning of the cropped area in the Cauvery basin states to neutralise the deficit impact of water allocation. The panel underlined that both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were facing water shortage, leading to unemployment and financial hardship for the people.
The panel suggested doing away with “outdated and unscientific water application techniques” to resolve the wrangle, saying that the neighbouring riparian states needed to appreciate the interest of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to protect their established irrigation and Karnataka’s aspirations for development and educate people.
The nine-member committee was formed to assess the ground realities in the issue and mandated by the apex court. The committee’s report will come for perusal before a three-judge bench of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar.