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Establish Cauvery management board if it benefits K'taka: Gowda

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

JD (S) supremo H D Deve today demanded that the Centre establish the (CMB) if it ensures increased share of water to

On February 16, a three-judge bench headed by had directed to form the CMB within six weeks in a verdict that marginally increased Karnatakas share of Cauvery water, thus reducing allocation for and settling the protracted water dispute between the two southern states.

Gowda, former prime minster, called on and discussed about the issue in detail.

"I have requested Gadkariji to set up CMB after taking into account issues related to lift irrigation, Makedatu project and trans-basin diversion of water among others," told reporters after the meeting.

He also informed the government that CMB should be set up if it benefits and ensures 30-35 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of water.

As per the apex court's order, the share of Cauvery water for has been raised by 14.75 tmcft. It reduced Tamil Nadu's share while compensating it by allowing extraction of 10 tmcft groundwater from the river basin, saying the issue of drinking water has to be placed on a "higher pedestal".

By virtue of the SC verdict, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Union Territory of Puducherry would be annually entitled to 404.25 tmcft, 284.75 tmcft, 30 tmcft and 7 tmcft of Cauvery water, respectively out of a total of 740 tmcft.

Besides this, 10 tmcft of water would be used for protection and 4 tmcft would be kept for inevitable escapades into the sea.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 18:40 IST