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Assessors'Report on Cauvery suggest carryover storage of 20 tmc

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Bangalore, May 15 (UNI) The Assessors' Report on the availability of water in the Cauvery Basin has suggested a carryover storage of 20 tmc ft of water on normal year yielding 740 tmc ft in the basin.

The report released disputed states for their comments by the Cauvery Water dispute Tribunal on May 10 had apportioned 685.87 tmc ft of water to the four riparian states with Tamil Nadu assigned 394.85 tmc ft (including 10 tmc ft for reservoir losses) to irrigate 24.71 lakh acres, 250.62 tmc ft to Karnataka (including 63.83 tmf ft for minor irrigation covering 3.3 lakh acres and 17.15 tmc reservoir losses), 33.40 tmc ft to Kerala and seven tmc to Pondicherry (including 0.5 tmc ft for drinking water and industrial use).

The assessors, in their report, said though they had adopted dependability of 50 per cent for distribution of available supplies among the party states, it was felt absolutely necessary to provide some safeguards against the delay in the onset of monsoon as also to some extent, shortfall in the availability of water.

Hence it was opined that about 20 tmc of water should be reserved and kept as carryover storage during a normal year in which the availability in the basin would be 740 tmc ft. Water available during that year would be 720 tmc ft after providing for carryover, the report said.

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