Release 3,000 cusecs daily to Tamil Nadu, Cauvery panel tells Karnataka

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) The Cauvery Supervisory Committee on Monday ordered the Karnataka government to release 3,000 cusecs of river water daily to Tamil Nadu between September 21 and 30, a senior officer said.

The committee handles matters related to the river water dispute.

“The order was passed after a meeting attended by officials of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala failed to evolve a concensus,” Shashi Shekhar, Committee Chairman and Union Water Resources Secretary, told reporters.

He said: “Karnataka has not agreed to the order, which is otherwise binding.”

Shekhar said the supervisory committee will meet every month after February next year till September.

Another decision taken by the panel was to ensure transparency in data on water reservoirs and building an online system.

The cost of such online transparent data system will be borne by all four states proportionately.

Shekhar said these two decisions were taken unanimously.

The committee had earlier failed to take any decision on September 12 and sought information on water usage and rainfall from the Cauvery basin states by September 15, and deferred its meeting to September 19.

–IANS

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