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Cauvery River Authority meet: CM may press for strict implementation

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, JULY 13. The Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, is likely to make a forceful plea for the strict implementation of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal's interim award at the meeting of the Cauvery River Authority in New Delhi on Friday. Though the Tribunal worked out detailed monthly quotas in its 1991 order, the State has not been receiving the prescribed quantum, particularly in July and August, when water is badly required for irrigation operations.

This topic figured at a briefing on Thursday in which the Chief Minister, Public Works Minister, Mr. Durai Murugan, and the Law Minister, Mr. Aladi Aruna, participated.

Tomorrow's meeting was actually slated for May 19 but postponed at the eleventh hour as Karnataka did not participate.

The Authority, headed by the Prime Minister, was set up in August 1998 to oversee the execution of the interim order following an understanding among four Cauvery Basin States. As per the order, Tamil Nadu is to receive totally 205 tmc ft in a water year (June to May).

This year, Mettur realised 2.6 tmc ft in June (against 10.16 tmc ft) and 4.9 tmc ft during the first week of July (10.8 tmc ft). On Thursday morning, the Mettur reservoir's level stood 82.84 ft (full level: 120 ft) and the storage was 44.8 tmcft (93.4 tmc ft). It recorded an inflow of 7,387 cusecs and the discharge was about 13,000 cusecs.

According to sources, Karnataka's contention is that Tamil Nadu, by and large, received more than the prescribed quantity since 1991.

But, the lower riparian State says that it does not get water when needed and precisely for this purpose, the Tribunal mentioned how much water Tamil Nadu should receive every month. And the Authority has been established to ensure the implementation of the interim award. ``This will form the essence of our stand at the Authority's meet'', the sources say.

Besides the Chief Minister, the Ministers, Mr. Durai Murugan and Mr. Arcot N. Veerasamy, and the Chairman of Cauvery Technical Cell, Mr. A. Mohanakrishnan, will participate in the Delhi meeting.

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