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The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Karnataka to continue releasing 2000 cusecs per day to Tamil Nadu till further orders are given and also urged both states to ensure peace and harmony remains amidst the dispute.
In its report, the committee has stated 42 of the 48 talukas of Karnataka in the Cauvery basin have been affected by drought. The team was constituted as per orders of the apex court to assess the realities in the Cauvery basin areas in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
"Karnataka's Mandy district is worst affected and has witnessed many suicides. No water in Tamil Nadu for cattle also. Standing crops in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are affected due to scarcity of water. Sugarcane farming in both states needs to be discouraged," the report added.
The high-level central technical team had inspected the Krishnaraja Sagar and the Kabini dams in Karnataka, as also the Mettur and Bhavani Sagar dams in Tamil Nadu.
The G S Jha-led Supreme Court appointed team also interacted with public works department officials and delta farmers in Thanjavur Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts.
The farmers in Tiruchirapalli and delta regions told the team that the samba crop will be damaged if water from the Cauvery is not released by Karnataka.
On Monday, the delta farmers in Tamil Nadu resorted to rail roko agitation and urged the government to set up a Cauvery Management Board.
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