The Central government has announced the setting up of a high-level technical team to visit the Cauvery basin for a first-hand assessment of water availability. It has been asked to submit its report to the court on October 17.
A statement issued by the Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry said G.S. Jha, Chairman of the Central Water Commission (CWC), will be chairman of the team. The other members are S. Masood Husain, CWC Member (Water Planning &Projects); R.K. Gupta, Chief Engineer, Krishna and Godavari Basin Organisation, CWC, Hyderabad; the Chief Secretary or his representative of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka; and a Chief Engineer each from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
The team will meet in Bengaluru on October 7 before visiting the Cauvery basin area. “The team will meet in Bengaluru at 9.30 am on October 7 for a preparatory meeting and subsequent visit to the Cauvery basin area for assessing the ground realities and submitting a report to the Supreme Court on October 17,” said a statement from the Union Ministry of Water Resources.
The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday nominated PWD secretary S K Prabakar and Cauvery Technical Cell chairman R Subramanian to represent the state in the highlevel technical team that will visit the Cauvery river basin area to assess the ground situation.
Tamil Nadu has stridently opposed putting off the formation of the Cauvery Management Board, originally mandated by the Supreme Court. “Though the state is opposed to the team, it has to comply with court orders and nominate members. We want to ensure that Tamil Nadu gets its share of Cauv ery water,” said a senior government official.
On Tuesday, a delegation of AIADMK MPs marched to the Prime Minister’s Office with a memorandum urging the constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board to ensure the implementation of the final award on water-sharing.