The Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) Tuesday asked the Karnataka government to release another 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for the next 15 days
The Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) Tuesday asked the Karnataka government to release another 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for the next 15 days. The CWRC passed the order in a virtual hearing after considering the submissions from both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu governments, reported ANI.
Earlier, the Karnataka government had appealed that it doesn’t even have enough drinking water to release from the basin.
Karnataka made submissions that it is not in a position to release water unless the inflows into the reservoirs improves. CWRC has recommended that Karnataka to ensure 5,000 cusecs realisation at Biligundlu for the next 15 days starting from tomorrow morning: Cauvery Water… pic.twitter.com/QY82Eu1zc0
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According to the state government, the water level in the Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) reservoir is depleting quickly and there will be a scarcity of drinking water in the days to come.
Taking note of the severity of the drought in the Cauvery basin of Karnataka, which has been increasing and enlarging putting at a greater risk even the drinking water needs and minimum needs of irrigation, the Karnataka government had made submissions that it was not in position to release water for Tamil Nadu unless the inflows in the reservoirs improves.
In response, the neighbouring Tamil Nadu government had urged the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka for releasing 12,500 cusecs of water (which is inclusive of backlog of 6,500 cusecs) for next 15 days.