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Share cauvery, centre tells karnataka, Tamil Nadu

Share cauvery, centre tells karnataka, Tamil Nadu
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Share Cauvery, Centre Tells karnataka, Tamil Nadu. The Centre today advised Karnataka and Tamil Nadu state governments to \"cooperate\" with each other on the sharing of Cauvery waters.

New Delhi: The Centre today advised Karnataka and Tamil Nadu state governments to "cooperate" with each other on the sharing of Cauvery waters. This comes after an angry Tamil Nadu claimed that Karnataka had failed to release water as per the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, said sources.

"Both the states were requested to co-operate and see how best they can handle the shortfall situation collectively," sources said after the meeting of Cauvery Supervisory Committee.

Earlier this month, Karnataka had expressed inability to release Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu, saying it was facing its "worst drought" in over four decades.

"We are trying to improve data collection and data management and analysis so that this kind of distress situation can be understood well and appropriate decisions can be taken," the sources added.

The Centre's advice came in the wake of Tamil Nadu asking the Committee to order Karnataka that it make good an alleged shortfall of 47.549 TMCft water as on September 24.

The shortfall, Tamil Nadu said, has been affecting ongoing cultivation of samba crop and, thus, the state's food security. Tamil Nadu also demanded that the Committee ensure delivery of 48 TMCft of water due to the state at Billigundulu for the months of October-January as prescribed in the final order of the tribunal.

It further charged that Karnataka overdrew 37 TMCft water above the 103 TMCft it was entitled to in 2014-15.

In its submission before the Committee, therefore, Tamil Nadu government demanded that a mechanism be set up to monitor inflows into major reservoirs along with the drawing of water by Karnataka and the extent of the area irrigated.

The Committee, Tamil Nadu insisted, should ensure that Karnataka does not draw water for summer irrigation and the balance storage is carried over for use in the next irrigation season.

According to sources, Tamil Nadu wants the constitution of Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee without delay with reference to assurances given by Centre to Supreme Court as on May 10."
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