The Karnataka government is all set to welcome the high-level technical team, which has been formed by the centre as per Supreme Court's directions, to provide a first-hand assessment of water availability in the Cauvery basin. 

 

The team is arriving on Thursday evening in Bengaluru and is holding a preliminary meeting on Friday morning.

 

Also, CM Siddaramaiah called for a cabinet meeting yesterday and instructed in-charge ministers about the concerned districts and urged them to convince the team about the situation with proper statistics and details. He also told the concerned ministers to have a meeting with officers about the matter.

 

The team will assess the storage of water in the reservoirs of Cauvery basin including the inflow and outflow of water, the conditions of crops and the ground water level. The team will submit its report to the Supreme Court on 17th October.

 

The ministry of Water Resources has directed the Chief Secretaries of both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to confirm the participation of their representatives in the preliminary meeting. It has further requested the Tamil Nadu secretary to reach Bengaluru on 6th October. Moreover, It has also instructed the Chief Secretaries of Puduchery and Kerala to send their Chief Engineers.

 

Who will be present in the team?

GS Jha, Chairman of Central Water Commission (CWC), S Masood Hussain, member of CWC, RK Gupta, Chief Engineer, CWC Division of Krishna and Godavari Basin (Hyderabad), Chief Secretaries of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu or theri representatives. Chief Engineers of Cauvery basin of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducheri