October 7, 2016
Chennai: Central Water Commission Chairman G S Jha, heading the technical team in the Cauvery issue, said he will submit a report to the Supreme Court after analysing the ground reality of the delta regions both in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
“I have carefully gone through the memorandum submitted by representatives of both states and the reports will be submitted to the Supreme Court on October 17,” Jha said, after the preparatory meeting in Bengaluru this morning.
It is reported that the team on their two-day tour will visit Thailuru, Somanahalli and Madarahalli catchment areas in Maddur, some 80km away from Bengaluru. The visit is arranged as the Central government on Wednesday (October 5) announced the setting up of a high-level technical team to visit the Cauvery basin for first hand-assessment of water availability. The panel is also expected to visit Hemavathi, Harangi, Krishnarajasagar and Kabini reservoirs in Karnataka and Mettur, and Lower Bhavani Dam and Amaravathi reservoirs in Tamil Nadu between October 7 and 15.
Tamil Nadu PWD Secretary S K Prabakar and Cauvery Technical Cell Chairman R Subramanian represented the state at the preparatory meeting. The panel also consisted of CWC member (Water Planning and Projects) S Masood Hussain, CWC chief engineer (Krishna and Godavari basin organisations) RK Gupta and Chief Secretaries or their representatives of Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry.