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Committee favours continuance of minor irrigation in Cauvery basin

Written by: Staff

Bangalore, May 17 (UNI) The Assessors Committee report on Cauvery Basin favoured the continuance of minor irrigation works in the basin of the riparian States, but warned that any increase in area under minor irrigation will be at the cost of reduction in areas permitted under major and medium projects.

Consequently, their water share for medium and major projects would get reduced, the report circulated among the riparian States by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal for their comments stated.

However, a final view in the matter would be taken by the Tribunal after hearing the arguments of the States.

Recognising the need for extending minor irrigation in the basin, contrary to the views expressed by the Experts Committee, headed by C C Patel, the report strongly felt that in view of the Centre's policy of encouraging extensive irrigation, it would be advisable to allow the actual development of minor irrigation as indicated by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala before the Tribunal.

Tamil Nadu, which had indicated that it would further develop 53,600 acres, taking the total area under minor irrigation to 344,500 acres, sought a water requirement of 69 TMC, while Karnataka had stated that it intended to develop 90,100 acres to bring the area under minor irrigation to around 330,100 acreas with the water requirement estimated at 71.3 TMC.

The Experts Committee had said the minor irrigations works were generally inefficient and would lead to unnecessary controversies.


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