The high-level technical team set up to assess the ground realities in the Cauvery basin areas of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka that completed its visit will submit its report to the Supreme Court today.

 

Based on their findings, the Cauvery river water dispute case will be taken up for hearing by the apex court on Tuesday. A fresh judgment is expected to be pronounced by the court to Karnataka on releasing water from Cauvery. During its two two-day visit to Tamil Nadu recently, the 14-member team visited Stanley reservoir in Salem and Lower Bhavani dam in Erode before proceeding to the delta districts, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam.

 

On Tuesday last, Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, PWD secretary S K Prabakar and other offi cials had a session with the expert team. The team had collected information in the form of presentation by officials and representation from farmers, besides looking into the storage of reservoirs. During the meeting, the farmers impressed upon the need to direct Karnataka to release water to save standing crops.

 

The Tamil Nadu camp is said to have detailed the imperative need of its due share in the inter-State river to raise Samba crops, which are withering due to inadequate water release from Karnataka reservoirs. The team was constituted by the Union Ministry for water resources. Earlier, the team completed its field visit in Hemavathi, Kabini, Krishnarajasagar and Harangi reservoirs and visited the basin areas.

 

The team comprised of Central Water Commission chairman G S Jha, CWC member (Water Planning & Projects), S Masood Husain, and CWC chief engineer (Krishna and Godavari Basin Organisation) R K Gupta, chief secretaries/his representatives, and chief engineers from the basin states, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Union territory of Puducherry. 

 

Meanwhile, the release of water from Karnataka has been stopped since last night. And from Mettur, the release of water for irrigational purpose in delta regions has been reduced from 18000 cusecs to 16000 cusecs since this morning.