Cauvery technical team aims to distribute water 'judiciously'
The team was set up by the Supreme Court to assess ground realities of the Cauvery basin in the two states which have locked horns over the release of river water.
"The team's aim is to distribute water between the two states in a judicious manner. We will be visiting the entire command within the shortest possible time," Central Water Commission Chairman G S Jha, who heads the team, told reporters after a meeting with the officials of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry governments.
Karnataka Water Resources Minister, M B Patil, also attended the meeting and gave a power-point presentation, highlighting the distress situation in the Cauvery basin in Karnataka, saying the state is expected to fall short of 20 tmcft of water this year.
Jha said after studying the situation in the Cauvery basin in Karnataka, the team would place the existing ground realities before the Supreme Court.
He said Patil gave a power-point presentation, bringing to light the distress situation prevalent in the river basin in the state.
"The irrigation (water resources) minister has very nicely submitted the issues concerning the state, and we have very carefully taken note of all these issues," he said.
Jha said the team would like to visit the entire area in the Cauvery basin in shortest possible time.
"The Minister (Patil) also has submitted a memorandum and we would consider the same," he said. The issues such as poor rainfall, damaged crops situation, drinking water need for towns, cities and villages in the Cauvery region in Karnataka was also highlighted.
The Minister also said the team would do a fair job after looking into the ground realities like availability of water and assess the requirement.
"The team was briefed in detail, and they have now understood Karnataka's exact situation. They will look into things like availability of water and assess the requirement and have assured of doing a fair job," he said.
Patil said Tamil Nadu was better placed than Karnataka given the probable regular North-East monsoon.