According to sources, the report of the GS Jha led Cauvery Technical Team has upheld Karnataka’s problems in releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

 

The expert committee, after visiting places coming under the Cauvery basin in Karnataka as well as Tamil Nadu, have pointed out the details of rainfall in both the states, the current situation of the reservoirs and the condition of the farmers and agricultural activities.

 

Accordingly, the report says that Karnataka has received 51 % deficit rainfall this year. This is the lowest record of rainfall (in the Cauvery basin) in 25 years. Whereas citing the statistics of Tamil Nadu, the team has said that there is a good amount of water in the Mettur dam.

Details of the report

Karnataka

•    51% deficit rainfall; lowest in 25 years

•    Inflow of water in four reservoirs of Cauvery basin is low (lowest in 19 years)

•    Out of 1,436 lakes, 53% are dry

•    Minimum storage of water in 39% lakes

•    Groundwater level is low

•    Out of 48 taluks in Cauvery basin, 42 are declared drought-hit

 

Tamil Nadu

•    More than 31 TMC live water storage in Mettur dam

•    Northeast monsoon is yet to arrive; good chances of storage of additional 70 TMC water

•    Tamil Nadu needs 163 TMC water till 2017, but it might get 148 TMC water