(10 July), Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy instructed the officials to release water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu as the state has seen plentiful rainfall in the past few days.
However, it is nothing new to Karnataka as it releases excess water from its reservoirs to Tamil Nadu, as the recent spate of rainfall has filled the dams of the southwest monsoon.
According to sources, the recently-formed Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) ordered Karnataka to release 31.24 tmcft Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu in July.
It is seen that the coastal and central parts of the state have received heavy rainfall throughout (9 July), measuring up to 28 cm in some areas of the state. Heavy rains have flooded numerous low-lying regions in Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Udupi and Chikkamagaluru districts, leading to overflowing rivers and lakes.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed in the coastal districts of the southern state and have been rescuing people stranded due to waterlogging reported in the coastal region.
Both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have been locked in a bitter battle over the sharing of Cauvery water since the days of the British Raj, and people of the two states are hoping that the Supreme Court verdict that was announced in February would finally put an end to the age-old spar.