Bengaluru: Even as Karnataka bandh is being observed against the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu on Friday, the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) which met on Sept 29 in New Delhi has directed the State government to comply with Cauvery Water Regulation Committee’s (CWRC) order.
The CWRC had recently directed the State government to release 3,000 cusec of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu until October 15. At Friday’s meeting, the CWMA upheld the CWRC’s order and directed the State government to comply with it.
The Tamil Nadu government representatives had pressed the Committee to direct the Karnataka government to release 12,500 cusec of Cauvery river water, daily. They also demanded that Karnataka must release 12 tmc of backlog water to the Tamil Nadu. But, this was outrightly turned down by Karnataka government representatives at the meeting reasoning that the State’s reservoirs are going dry. The State representatives also said that since there was poor monsoon this year, there is a need to meet the drinking water needs in Bengaluru and other areas. Besides, crops grown in this part of the country too need water. But the Tamil Nadu will receive more rainfall with the retreating monsoon which will fill up Mettur Dam. “In this hour of crisis, it is difficult to release water,” argued representatives from Karnataka.
However, the CWMA has asked the State government to release 3,000 cusec of water to Tamil Nadu until October 15.
Several organizations are observing Karnataka Bandh on Friday against the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu.