The Tamil Nadu Government has nominated two officers to the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) set up by the Centre in accordance with the Supreme Court directive to regulate sharing of Cauvery waters among Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.
TN chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan, in a commnunication to the Centre, on June 2 said the State Government had nominated S K Prabakar, Principal Secretary to the Public Works department, as Part-Time Member in the CWMA.
The State Government has nominated R Senthil Kumar, Chief Engineer, Water Resources department, Tiruchirapalli region, as Member in the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee.
A few days after the Karnataka Assembly election results were completed, the Union government on June 1, 2018, issued a notification for the setting up of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA).
The authority will take up the matters relating to sharing of the Cauvery river water among the States of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
The authority will have to monitor the storage, apportion shares, supervise operation of reservoirs and regulate water releases with the help of the Regulation Committee. It will regulate water release by Karnataka at the Biligundulu gauge and discharge station.
The CWMA will determine the total residual storage in the specified reservoirs on June 1 every year. The share of each State will be determined on the basis of the flows together with the available carry-over storage in the reservoirs.
The withdrawals will be allowed on the basis of the share worked out for each State.
If the Authority finds that any Government of the party States, namely Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Union territory of Puducherry do not cooperate in implementing the decision or direction of the Tribunal, it can seek the help of the Centre to implement the Award as modified by the SC vide Order of 16th February, 2018, the notification said.
The chairman of the authority will have a five-year term. It will have two part-time members — representatives of the Central Government of the rank of Joint Secretary to be nominated by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare respectively and four part-time members from party States — administrative secretaries in charge of Water Resource Departments of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and the union territory of Puducherry who shall be nominated by the State governments and Union territory administration respectively.