A Supreme Court-mandated committee on Monday ordered Karnataka to release 3,000 cubic feet per second (cusec) of Cauvery water every day from September 21 to 30 to Tamil Nadu as an interim solution to the dispute between the two states over sharing of the river water.
This is substantially lower than the 12,000 cusec per day that Karnataka has been releasing since September 12 on the directions of the Supreme Court, but the state was still dissatisfied with Monday’s order. So was Tamil Nadu.
“Karnataka opposed the release of any water, citing the position of groundwater and its drinking water needs. Tamil Nadu requested the release of water in accordance with the award of the Cauvery tribunal. There was no agreement. As chairman of the Cauvery Supervisory Committee, in accordance with the directions of the Supreme Court, I therefore passed an order considering all the data and relevant information before us,” Water Resources Secretary Shashi Shekhar, who heads the supervisory committee, said.
Shekhar said the states could approach the Supreme Court if they were aggrieved with the order. Karnataka was displeased with the Supreme Court order of September 12 as well, but has been complying with the direction to release 12,000 cusec water per day till September 20.
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The committee, which includes representatives from Kerala and Puducherry as well as Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, will meet again next month to decide on the sharing of water for the next few days.