September 21, 2016
Welcoming the Supreme Court order to constitute Cauvery water Management Board in four weeks, the Federation of Tamil Nadu Agriculturists Association (FTAA) today suggested that the quantum of the water share should be stored by the respective States.
Steps should be taken to store Karnataka’s share of water in Harangi, Kabini, Hemavathi and Krishna Raja Sagar reservoirs, which can be used only by that State from the next water year from June 1 to May 31, FTAA secretary, S Nallasamy said in a statement here.
Similarly, all efforts should be taken to release the share of Tamil Nadu and store in Mettur, which has the capacity to hold 93.5 tmcft of water, and send as and when required for drinking and irrigation purpose, he said.
“There is a possibility of Karnataka using Tamil Nadu’s share of water, if stored in that State, which would again result in friction among the States and people,” Nallasami added.
Considering this, the water, as per he Cauvery Water Tribunal final verdict, should be stored in riparian State, so that there will not be any irregularity, recurrence of tension and hatred among the people, thus finding an amicable solution to the century-old vexed issue, Nallasami said.