The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) in a meeting on July 2 ordered Karnataka to release 31.24tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu for the month of July.
“The authority directed Karnataka to ensure balance quantity (of water) for July, adjusting the excess quantity of water realized by Tamil Nadu in June, subject to the assessment and recommendations by the regulation committee,” said CWMA Chairman Masood Hussain.
The decision comes in wake of Karnataka planning to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the setting up of the CWMA and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) on the grounds that the move should have been discussed in the Parliament.
Hussain added that the meeting urged Karnataka to release water from the Cauvery as per the apex court ruling, and it was decided that the existing arrangement for supplying water to Puducherry by Tamil Nadu will continue.
DK Shivakumar, minister Karnataka water resources, reportedly said that the state will abide by the CWMA’s decision.
Extending support to the same the BJP suggests permanent Cauvery technical panel to assist the two state representatives in meetings conducted by the CWMA and CWRC.