The Cauvery Supervisory Committee will meet on Monday in New Delhi to decide the quantum of water to be released to states that share water from the river Cauvery. The panel has been studying the data submitted by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to arrive at a solution. The committee headed by Union Water Resources Secretary Shashi Shekhar will meet for the second time in two weeks as the last meeting was inconclusive for want of “adequate information” from both states on several issues.
As both states submitted the data sought by the CSC, senior officials said the information received is being studied and the committee may defer its decision if the information provided is found to be “inadequate”. “The states have made available information which the panel had sought during its last meeting and the same is being studied now. The panel will not pass an order in haste. The committee will have to defer its order, if the data turns out to be inadequate to arrive at a fact-based and right decision,” the source said.
At the last meeting, both states could not produce adequate information relating to withdrawal of water, its utilisation, allegations of withdrawal when it was not permitted, variation in rainfall and its impact on the actual run-off over a period spanning 29 years. The CSC had also decided to set up a network for data collection, which will send real-time online data to the four states involved - Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry and Kerala.