Cauvery Top officials of 4 states discuss in Delhi

Cauvery: Top officials of 4 states discuss in Delhi

The Union government on Friday convened an official level meeting of Cauvery river riparian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry and Kerala on formation of a Cauvery Management Board for overseeing the sharing of Cauvery waters as per the quantum awarded to each state.

The meeting, chaired by Union Water Resources Secretary U P Singh, was attended by chief secretaries and principal secretaries of the states concerned.

This was a meeting for consultation with the states on what their understanding was on the structure and functions of the proposed Board, reports said, quoting officials.

Meanwhile, members of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam staged a protest in front of Parliament in connection with the formation of Cauvery Management Board (CMB) on Friday.

The Supreme Court on February 16 had ordered the Central Government to set up the CMB and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee within six weeks.

Tamil Nadu chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan and public works department secretary S K Prabhakar represented TN in the meeting.

The decision to send them was taken by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, after consulting deputy CM O Panneerselvam, leader of opposition and DMK working president M K Stalin and other senior leaders.