Gargi Parsai

NEW DELHI: Tamil Nadu has sent to the Ministry of Water Resources the final Detailed Project Report on the Hogenakkal drinking water project, proposing to utilise 1.4 tmc of the Cauvery water, Union Minister Saifuddin Soz has informed journalists.

The State has also sent the report to Karnataka, with which it is in dispute over sharing of the Cauvery water.

The Ministry of Water Resources has given permission to Karnataka for its Bangalore drinking water scheme out of its share allocated by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. According to official sources, since the notification of the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal is pending before the Supreme Court, the tribunal is not holding any hearings. The Ministry has requested the apex court to give an early hearing on the matter. Thereafter, it is understood that the Cauvery Water Authority – that is to be constituted under the award – will settle matters of dispute between the basin States. Karnataka does not want Tamil Nadu to go ahead with the scheme till all outstanding issues, including the dispute of ownership of islands where the Hogenekkal project is proposed to come up, is settled.

The Water Ministry has held that the matter of ownership of islands is outside its purview.

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