A team of experts appointed by the Supreme Court did its field visit of the Cauvery Delta areas in Tamil Nadu to assess the situation and help work out a solution for the water-sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
“The team’s aim is to distribute water between the two states in a judicious manner. We will be visiting the entire command within the shortest possible time,” Central Water Commission Chairman G S Jha, who is heading the team, said.
The team members conducted their inspection of the delta districts of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam on Monday. Asking Karnataka to adhere to the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal orders and constitution of an empowered Cauvery Management Board were the only hope for the delta farmers, the farmers insisted.
“Instead of welcoming you with a bouquet of flowers, we are forced to receive you with a bunch of withered crops to show our plight,” farmers told the team in a village in Nagapattinam district. The delta farmers had lost the kuruvai for five successive years and this year’s samba crop is in danger of perishing soon.
The central team had a discussions with Tiruchirapalli district collector KS Palanisamy and other PWD officials on Sunday night.
Tiruchi farmers had earlier submitted a petition regarding how they have lost Kuruvai and depend only on one crop now.
Besides Jha, the team, set up in pursuance of the SC’s October 4 order, comprises senior officials of the CWC and chief secretary or his representative from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, and a chief engineer each from the two states besides Kerala and Puducherry.
All the three states and Puducherry have been asked by the water resources ministry to tell their officers to reach Bengaluru by Thursday so that the team can hold its first meeting on October 7.