May 29, 2019

The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) ordered Karnataka to release 9.19 tmcft of water for the month of June from the Biligundlu reservoir to the Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu.


  • The quantum of water to be released is in line with the Supreme Court’s order in February, 2018. 

  • The Supreme Court said Karnataka’s share of the water was 284 tmcft, Tamil Nadu’s 404 tmcft, Kerala 30 tmcft and Puducherry 7 tmcft. Besides this, the court reserved 10 tmcft for environmental purposes and four tmc ft for natural flow into the sea. 

  • This is the third meeting of the CWMA since June 2018. 

Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA): 

  • The CWMA, under the Cauvery Water Management Scheme, 2018, was established one June 1, 2018, under Section 6A of the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956. 

  • Mandate of CWMA: 
    • To give effect to the decision of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal as modified by the Supreme Court vide its Order, dated 16th February, 2018

    • Storage, apportionment, regulation and control of Cauvery waters, supervision of operation of reservoirs and regulation of water release.

Source : The Hindu