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High level technical team on Cauvery to submit report to SC today

The high level central technical team, led by central water commission chairman G S Jha, will on Monday submit its findings and report to the Supreme Court.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2016 10:20 IST
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This file picture from September 2002 shows Cauvery river water being released from the Kabini Dam at Heggadadevankote province. Farmers' groups and opposition parties have embarked on a campaign to protest the sharing of river waters with the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu after a Supreme Court order ordered the Karnataka state government to release 1.25 billion cubic feet of water from its four reservoirs each day until a final decision on this issue was taken by a federal body, the Cauvery River Authority. (AFP)

The high-level central technical team, led by central water commission chairman G S Jha, will on Monday submit its findings and report to the Supreme Court.

The team was constituted as per orders of the apex court to assess the realities in Cauvery basin areas in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The case filed by Tamil Nadu regarding Cauvery river water sharing will come up for hearing before the top court on Tuesday.

The technical team had inspected Krishnaraja Sagar, Kabini damsin Karnataka, Mettur Bhavani Sagar dams in Tamil Nadu. It had also interacted with PWD officials and delta farmers in Thanjavur Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur.

Farmers in Tiruchirapalli and delta regions told the team that samba crops will be damaged if water is not released into Cauvery by Karnataka.

Read: Crises like Cauvery will grow common without improved water management

Meanwhile, opposition parties including the DMK have joined the state-wide rail blockade protest announced by a farmer’s federation over the Cauvery issue, urging the Centre to set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

DMK Treasurer and Opposition Leader in Tamil Nadu Assembly, MK Stalin was among those who had earlier participated in the protests held in different parts of the state including Chennai and the Cauvery delta districts.

A farmers’ federation had called for the two-day rail blockade starting Monday, urging the Centre to immediately constitute the CMB.

The protests come days after a high-level technical team, set up by the Supreme Court, completed its inspection of Cauvery basin region in Tamil Nadu to assess the situation in the state.

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