Release 3,000 cusecs daily to Tamil Nadu till October 31

A Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) meeting conducted on Wednesday has determined that Karnataka is obliged to ensure the release of 3000 cubic feet per second (cusecs) of water, starting from October 16 and continue until October 31.

The meeting was conducted virtually and it was attended by representatives of the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu governments.

During the meeting, representatives of Karnataka argued that Karnataka will not be able to release any water. State’s representatives argued that the shortfall in cumulative inflows to Karnataka’s four reservoirs as of October 10 is 50.891%.

It was further added that the recent instances of increased inflow into the reservoirs in the state can’t be considered a change in the reality of rainfall shortage throughout the year. Deputy chief minister and water resource minister DK Shivakumar told the media on October 10 that due to some rain on October 9, 8,000 cusecs of inflow have come in.

“Taking note of the distress flows and the extreme hydro-meteorological conditions, it is inferred that the flows into Karnataka reservoirs cannot be relied upon with any assurance. Therefore, Karnataka will not be able to release any water from its reservoirs so as to reach Biligundlu except that would be contributed from the uncontrolled catchment,” the statement from CWRC said.