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Cauvery Supervisory Committee to meet today

The Cauvery Supervisory Committee will meet on Monday to decide on the quantum of water to be released to Tamil Nadu and other states.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2016 14:05 IST
HT Correspondent
The Cauvery Supervisory Committee will meet on Monday to decide on the quantum of water to be released to Tamil Nadu and other states.
The Cauvery Supervisory Committee will meet on Monday to decide on the quantum of water to be released to Tamil Nadu and other states.(PTI File Photo)

The Cauvery Supervisory Committee will meet on Monday to decide on the quantum of water to be released to Tamil Nadu and other states.

This will be the second meeting this month after a Supreme Court order asking Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water every day for next 10 days to neighbouring Tamil Nadu sparked off an agitation by farmers in Karnataka.

At the earlier meeting chaired by Union water resources secretary Shashi Shekhar on September 12, the committee tried to reach a conclusion but neither Tamil Nadu nor Karnataka agreed to the amount of water that would be acceptable to both.

During the discussions, it was found that certain information related to unauthorised withdrawal of water was unavailable, and hence the committee decided against passing an order that was not backed by data.

It was decided that the Central Water Commission would draw up a new protocol of online collection of data of rainfall and flow of water on a real-time basis, which would be shared with the concerned states.

The meeting was attended by chief secretaries of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry and senior officials of Kerala.

The Cauvery dispute has been ongoing for decades. The Centre constituted the Cauvery Water Tribunal in 1990, which after hearing both sides for years in its final award in 2007 gave 419 tmc ft for Tamil Nadu and 270 tmc ft for Karnataka. Kerala was awarded 30 tmc ft and Pondicherry 7 tmc ft.

But both governments challenged the decision in the Supreme Court.

Read | Cauvery water row explained: Why Tamil Nadu, Karnataka fight over river usage?

With inputs from ANI