The Karnataka Government is all set to incorporate a detailed 20-year data in a letter addressed to the Centre, expressing its reservation over the Cauvery Water Management Authority’s schemes.
The detailed letter will include details about the catchment and basin areas of Cauvery river and will address issues such as the decline in water yield over the years, urbanisation factor, and water required for irrigation and for household purposes in urban areas. Sources reportedly said, “It will also have details as to how farmers in the Krishnaraja Sagar and Hemavati command areas did not get water for cultivation in the last three years.”
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy appointed Rakesh Singh, Principal Secretary of Water Resources Department as representative to the Cauvery Management Authority on Monday. Further, HL Prasanna, the Managing Director of Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited was appointed as the state’s representative to the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee. The Cauvery Water Regulation Committee headed by Navin Kumar, the Chief Engineer of the Central Water Commission, was constituted by the Central government on Friday. This nine-member committee has representatives from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Puducherry, the four states that lie in the Cauvery basin region. Earlier Karnataka had refused to represent the committee until its grievances were redressed.
On Sunday, Kumaraswamy held discussions on the century-old dispute with leading legal and irrigation experts of the State. Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda asked the state government to ensure that the plight of the state is addressed with the help of datasets of two decades. Sources in Chief Minister’s office reportedly cited the importance of an in-depth ground report on Cauvery basin to prove the decline in water yield. Kumaraswamy has organized a meeting on June 25 to discuss the Cauvery water issue, according to ANI. He has also called for a meeting on the same issue on Wednesday.
Prime Minister advised the State government to avoid confronting the Union government regarding the Cauvery water dispute. Sources in the know of the developments reportedly said, “The former Prime Minister’s advice was to seek justice to the State within the ambit of the Supreme Court’s verdict and the Centre can be appraised of the situation with an in-depth report on ground realities.”
Last February, the Supreme Court delivered its verdict in the decades-old Cauvery water dispute, allocating 11 thousand million cubic feet more water to the state of Karnataka.