CWMA directs Karnataka to release Cauvery water to Tamilnadu for Kuruvai cultivation

A meeting of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) on Friday directed the Karnataka government to release the June and July monthly stipulated quantum of Cauvery waters to Tamilnadu for kuruvai cultivation.

At the 12th meeting of CWMA, which was conducted through video conference facility, State PWD Additional Chief Secretary Dr Sandeep Saxena and other top officials from TN government participated.

The state officials urged the CWMA to direct Karnataka to release 9.19 tmcft for June and 31.24 tmcft for July as per the Supreme Court orders. Following this, the meeting directed Karnataka to release waters as per the Apex Court orders.

In the meeting, Tamilnadu officials referred to the recent statement of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa regarding the construction of a dam at Mekedatu and the opposition raised by Tamilnadu Chief Minister MK Stalin.

Officials pointed out that as a case against the construction was pending in the Supreme Court, Karnataka should be ordered not to take any step with regard to the proposed dam at Mekedatu.