Frame rules, T.N. urges Cauvery tribunal

NEW DELHI Feb. 15. Tamil Nadu today stressed the need for framing proper rules and regulations for effective distribution and utilisation of the Cauvery water by the four riparian States.

Making this submission before the Tribunal headed by Justice N.P. Singh, senior counsel for the State, A.K. Ganguly traced the genesis of the correspondence between the then princely State of Mysore and the Madras Government as early as in 1910, that rules and regulations were necessary for proper utilisation of the river water.

Counsel submitted that it had been the consistent demand of Tamil Nadu that such rules were necessary not only in the interest of Tamil Nadu but also Karnataka.

He said that it was because of the absence of such rules, Karnataka had constructed several minor irrigation projects to the detriment of Tamil Nadu farmers.

He said when Mysore prepared a project proposal for construction of 124 ft dam at Kannambadi with a storage capacity of 45 tmc ft., the Madras Government had opposed the same stating that such construction could be carried out only after framing rules and regulations governing the release of water.

Counsel pointed out that after the Government of India did not approve the proposal, Mysore which was keen on providing power to Kolar Gold mines revised the project for constructing the dam up to the 80 ft level with a storage capacity of 11 tmc ft.

The Madras Government while giving its approval made it clear that rules and regulations were necessary if the level was to be raised above 80 ft, Counsel said to drive home the point that the question of framing rules and regulations still hold good even after nearly a century.

Further arguments will continue on February 27.

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