Supreme Court-appointed committee for sharing inter-state Cauvery water ordered Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu following the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.
After meeting of the committee members, an official was quoted as saying, "After reviewing the situation, the committee noted that there have been good inflows of water into Karnataka reservoirs."
"Since monsoon is above normal, release of water should be as per the final award of the tribunal. Karnataka too implied that they will follow the orders," added the official.
According to reports, the gross storage in Karnataka reservoirs was about 82tmcft till Monday, July 15. Tamil Nadu reportedly urged the panel to ask Karnataka to release 34tmcft of water due to Tamil Nadu for the month of July and 50tmcft for August, as per the ten day interval mandated by the tribunal.
Earlier Tamil Nadu had moved the apex court urging it to direct Karnataka to release 10tmcft to Jayalalithaa's state for June. The state also urged the court for a direction to the Central Government to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC).
Earlier the Cauvery Supervisory Committee on June 12 had rejected Tamil Nadu's demand for its share of water saying it was not feasible, given the deficit in inflows and storage level in reservoirs in Karnataka.