The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to put a hold on its order to form Cauvery Water Management Board, it has instead directed the government to form a management board. It has also directed the Ministry of water resources to send a team to study the situation in both the states.

 

The team comprises GS Jha, Chairman for Central Water Commission, Syed Masood Hussain, member for Central Water Commission, RK Gupta, Chief engineer of Central Water Commission.

 

The team also includes the officers of all the four states of Cauvery basin (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry). The team will visit the Cauvery basin on 7th October 2016 to assess "ground realities" . The team will further assess water availability and crop situation in the basin area.

 

Shashi Shekhar, Secretary for Union Water Resources Ministry has said that the report will help the apex court to arrive at a decision on the quantum of water to be released by Karnataka to Tamil Nadu post 18 October when the matter will be heard next.