Amidst the ongoing tension in Karnataka concerning the mandated release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, recent rainfall in the catchment areas of both states has offered some respite and optimism.
Notable rainfall in Kodagu, Mysuru, and Mandya districts has resulted in an inflow of nearly 2,000 cusecs into Harangi and KRS dams. Forecasts suggest that this downpour is likely to persist over the coming week.
In Tamil Nadu’s Cauvery delta districts—Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Cuddalore, Ariyalur, Karur, and Tiruchirappalli below Mettur—continual widespread rainfall has been observed. Further rain is anticipated in the region on Saturday. Owing to heavy rainfall, authorities have declared a holiday for schools and colleges in select districts.
Tamil Nadu’s farming community is cautiously optimistic about the impact of the monsoon on samba crops, currently in the mature stage and awaiting harvest in early December. Meanwhile, Karnataka is hopeful for increased water flow towards Biligundlu from the uncontrolled catchment area situated between Mandya and Kanakpura in Ramanagara districts.
In response to the situation, the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) has directed Karnataka to ensure a daily release of 3,216 cusecs of water at Biligundlu for 38 days starting November 24.
Faced with potential strictures from the Supreme Court, Karnataka has been complying with directives for water release. The state government has lodged appeals with the SC against the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) order. An official mentioned, “Karnataka has experienced a 52% shortfall in cumulative inflow into its Cauvery basin reservoirs until November 25.”