Bengaluru: The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) has directed Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu if there is an increase in inflow into reservoirs in the state’s Cauvery basin.

Just around 12 thousand million cubic (TMC) feet of water was available in all four reservoirs including KRS and Kabini as of Tuesday. KRS had an inflow of just around 253 cusecs while the inflow at Kabini was 1,078 cusecs yesterday (June 25).

Given the current situation in the state, the CWMA order for the state comes as a relief, said a senior officer of the Water Resources Department, reportedly.

State Sugar Cane Growers Association president Kurbur Shantha Kumar welcomed the authority’s decision and reportedly said that the authorities should have ordered for release of water to irrigation canals. This will help in saving standing crops, reports said.

Some farmers were reportedly unhappy that the state failed to convince the authority to release water for standing crops. There is no clarity on release of water to the irrigation canals in Karnataka, reports said.

Reportedly, the farmers’ question is that if the state government could release water during Lok Sabha election, why are they unable to release it now?

BJP Raitha Morcha leader, Nanjunde Gowda said the state government failed to inform the authority regarding the water issue.

Karnataka to release 40.43 TMC water to Tamil Nadu: Cauvery Water Management Authority

Previous reports on the Cauvery water issue had stated that the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) had asked Karnataka to release 40.43 thousand million cubic (TMC) feet of water to Tamil Nadu for the months of June and July.

The decision was subject to review.

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