A solution to the Cauvery Waters dispute may be in sight. Karnataka has said that it would build a dam if Tamil Nadu agrees and this could be a solution to the long standing dispute between the two states.
Karnataka proposes to share the surplus Cauvery water with Tamil Nadu from its balancing reservoir at Mekedatu. Karnataka feels that if the dam is constructed then it help in regulated release of water to Tamil Nadu in a monthly pattern as was pointed out by the Cauvery Water Disputes Redressal Tribunal.
The dam would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 6,000 crore and would need 5,000 acres of land according to Karnataka's Water Resources Minister M B Patil. The Karnataka cabinet had recently given its approval in principle.
The actual work on the project will begin only after all approvals are taken from the supervisory committee of the Supreme Court.
The reservoir has been planned for 67 tmc feet. This larger compared to the KRS dam's storage capacity of 45 tmc feet. Karnataka says that Tamil Nadu should have no apprehension that this project would cut any water release to them during the normal year.