Tamil Nadu reiterated on Wednesday that Karnataka’s plea for scaling down the quantum of water to be released in the Cauvery between June and September from 134 TMC feet to 97.82 TMC feet is against the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT).
Addressing the second meeting of the Supervisory Committee on Cauvery in New Delhi, the Chief Secretary, Sheela Balakrishnan, said that the award, after its publication in the gazette on February 19, 2013, was a decree of the Supreme Court and the pro tem committee “has not been given the liberty” to interfere with the final order of the CWDT. As per the May 10 order of the Supreme Court, the task of the Supervisory Committee was to ensure the implementation of the final order and hence it could not alter or modify the annual quantum or the monthly pattern of water release.
Referring to a 75-page document containing Karnataka’s comments on the award, which was made available to Tamil Nadu officials at 12.30 p.m. on June 12, the Chief Secretary felt that it was nothing but dilatory tactics to delay and deny water release for the Cauvery Delta farmers. Tamil Nadu, she said, would give a detailed reply to the comments soon.
She wanted the committee, chaired by the Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, to direct Karnataka to release 10 TMC feet of water during June.