The Cauvery Water Management Authority on Tuesday ordered Karnataka to release 9.19 tmcft of water for the month of June from the Biligundlu reservoir to the Mettur Dam, in Tamil Nadu.
“It was a unanimous decision. The forecast, so far, is for a normal monsoon and keeping in view the water level in the dams and reservoirs we’ve directed 9.19tmcf of water to be released for the month of June,” Masood Hussain, Chairman, Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) told The Hindu.
The CWMA meeting was to have happened over a fortnight ago but — based on a request by Karnataka — had to be postponed until Tuesday, Mr. Hussain added. He said that representatives from all riparian States attended the meeting.
The quantum of water to be released is in line with the Supreme Court’s order on the February 16 last year. While conferring authority to the CWMA to decide on releasing Cauvery water, the Supreme Court said that Karnataka would have to supply 177.25 tmcft from its Billigundlu site to Mettur dam.