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‘Will Supreme Court ensure release of Cauvery water as per tribunal award?’

With the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board getting delayed due to legal wranglings, activists are demanding that the Supreme Court ensure release of water to Tamil Nadu from

Published: 10th April 2018 05:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th April 2018 06:04 AM   |  A+A-

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Express News Service

CHENNAI : With the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) getting delayed due to legal wranglings, activists are demanding that the Supreme Court ensure release of water to Tamil Nadu from the Cauvery as per the monthly schedule prescribed by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) in its 2007 final award as the State is seemingly heading toward a dry season.The activists sense more trouble for Tamil Nadu as the Apex Court has given the Centre time till May 3 to frame a scheme for implementing the order on water-sharing.  

Blaming the Union government for indulging in a ‘hide-and-seek’ game, A Veerappan, a water management expert, said the latest developments had reaffirmed the suspicion that a well-calculated attempt was on to delay things in view of the Assembly polls in Karnataka. Notwithstanding the delay, the court should ensure release of water as per the monthly schedule.“There are clear indications that things are being delayed in a deliberate manner. What I want to urge the Supreme Court is that it should ensure release of water to Tamil Nadu as per the monthly schedule prescribed by the CWDT in its final order delivered in 2007,” Veerappan, State secretary, Senior PWD Engineers Association, told Express on Monday.

According to the schedule, Tamil Nadu should have received a total of 8 tmc water from the Cauvery for January, February and March. But only .5 tmc of water has reached the Mettur dam, though it was calculated to be 5 tmc at Biligundlu, the interstate water measurement point, he noted.  

C Nallusamy, leader of the Indian Farmers Movement and Tamil Nadu Toddy Movement, suggested that the water release be done on daily basis so that Tamil Nadu can receive its share from the available water. “The release (of water) should be on daily basis by calculating the availability of water in the reservoirs of Karnataka,” he stressed.



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