Central team set to examine ground realities of Cauvery dams

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Bengaluru, Oct 7: As per the Supreme Court direction, a team headed by Central Water Commission Chairman G.S. Jha will visit the state on Friday to study the water deficit in the four dams across the Cauvery river in Karnataka.

The expert team will chair a preparatory meeting before examining the reservoirs across the river basin to assess the ground realities, including the live storage water levels, inflows and outflows, an Official said.

Besides Jha, the team comprises CWC member S. Masood Hussain, Krishna and Godavari basin organisation Chief Engineer R.K. Gupta and representatives of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

As the apex court on Tuesday asked the Central government to send an expert team to the river basin areas in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and submit a report on the ground realities in both the states to the division bench by October 17.

“The team will take note the availability of water in the reservoirs of Hemavathy in Hassan district, KRS and Kabini in Mysuru district and Harangi in Kodagu district, which are affected by a deficit monsoon rains this year,” said the official.

The Top court is scheduled to hear the case of inter-state river water dispute on October 18 after the state agreed to release 2,000 cusecs per day from October 7-18 as per Court’s Tuesday order.

 Wefornews Bureau

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