Chennai, Oct 04 : Ahead of next week's Cauvery Monitoring Committee meeting (CMC), the Central Team headed by Union Water Resources Secretary D V Singh today held discussions with the Tamil Nadu Government officials and said it would submit its report in the next four days after visiting Karnataka.
The visit of the team led by Mr Singh comes at a time when both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were engaged in a legal wrangle over the vexatious Cauvery river Water dispute with the latter refusing to release water for the Kuruvai and Samba crop cultivation. Talking to reporters after a nearly hour long meeting with Chief Secretary Debendranath Sarangi and the PWD Secretary at the State Secretariat, Mr Singh said the Tamil Nadu government today submitted a detailed report estimating the loss and the extent of damage caused to the crops due to non-release of water by Karnataka for Kuruvai and Samba crop cultivation in the State.
Mr Singh, who was proceeding direct to Bangalore to hold talks with the Karnataka officials, said the Central team would study the report given by the Tamil Nadu government in detail. He said after his meeting in Karnataka the team would submit its report to the Central government within the next four days. The Central government would study the report submitted by the Team and was expected to depute separate teams to visit various districts in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to assess the situation.
The visit of the Central Team comes in the wake of the proposed Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) meeting next week. During the visit team got a first hand account of reservoir levels, standing crops and water flow. Mr Singh was expected to return to New Delhi tomorrow. The visit will help the CMC to decide on the issue of release of water by Karnataka to Tamil Nadu after October 15.
During the September 19 Cauvery River Authority (CRA) meeting, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the capacity as its Chairman had directed Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu between September 20 and October 15. However, Karnataka had outrightly rejected it and walked out of the meeting. On a petition filed by the Tamil Nadu government, the Supreme Court directed Karnataka to honour the CRA order and release water to Tamil Nadu till October 15. The CRA had also asked Mr Singh to decide on the quantum of water to be released by Karnataka to Tamil Nadu after October 15.