Advantage Karnataka as Cauvery tribunal award for State goes begging

Advantage Karnataka as Cauvery tribunal award for State goes begging

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‘Lethargy’ of successive governments to finish dam initiatives in a time-bound method

‘Lethargy’ of successive governments to finish dam initiatives in a time-bound method

The ‘lethargy’ of successive governments to finish dam initiatives in a time-bound method to utilise the Cauvery water awarded by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal many years in the past has turned out to be a acquire for Karnataka.

The tribunal had awarded 30 tmcft water to the State from the three river basins of Kabani in Wayanad (21 tmcft), Bhavani at Attappady in Palakkad (6 tmcft), and Pambar in Idukki (3 tmcft).

The federal government had constituted a Cauvery Circle within the Water Sources division in 2009 to analyze and coordinate irrigation initiatives to be carried out within the river basins to utilise the water.

The plan was to have Karapuzha, Banasurasagar, Noolpuzha, Manchat, Thirunelly, Thondar, Peringothupuzha, Kallampathy, Kadamanthodu, Ckekad, and Chundalipuzha initiatives within the Kabani river basin. The circle collected primary knowledge of some initiatives earlier than it was wound up in 2011 for constituting the Kuttanad circle.

The proposals for 2 dams in Wayanad throughout the Chundali and Kadamanthodu rivers needed to be frozen owing to public protest. The proposals for different initiatives within the State additionally got here to an finish after the Cauvery Circle was wound up.

The Banasura Sagar dam at Padinharethara was constructed to assist the Kakkayam hydroelectric energy undertaking and fulfill the demand for irrigation and consuming water within the space. The reservoir was commissioned in 2005. Although the reservoir within the Kabani river basin additionally geared toward offering 1.7 tmcft of the 6.7 tmcft of water for irrigation, the goal is but to be achieved even after round ₹70 crore was spent on the undertaking.

If the undertaking had materialised on time, near 2,500 hectares in 5 grama panchayats might have come below irrigation. The delay in land acquisition owing to the shortage of coordination between numerous departments has been cited for the delay.

The Karapuzha irrigation undertaking is the primary such undertaking deliberate with a view to utilising 2.8 tmcft of water of the 21 tmcft awarded to the State by the Cauvery tribunal below the Kabani river basin.

Although greater than ₹350 crore has been spent on the undertaking over three many years, its commissioning stays a distant dream, due to the shortage of coordination between officers of assorted departments.

The Kabini dam, on the Karnataka aspect, is an effective instance of how State-led efforts may help harness water for irrigation functions. The dam, constructed throughout the Kabini river at Beechanahalli in Heggadadevan Kote taluk in Mysuru district in 1968, has collected 18.04 tmcft water, primarily from the rivers within the Kabani river basin, until August 6 this 12 months as in opposition to 15.47 tmcft in the course of the corresponding interval final 12 months.

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