Kannada, Kannadiga, Kannadigaru, Karnataka,

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Water Starved Karnataka & Water Wasting TN – Exclusive

Water Starved Karnataka & Water Wasting TN – Exclusive

by ekavi / ellakavi associate and partner: Ravinder Singh

Water Starved Karnataka & Water Wasting TN – Exclusive

 

Honorable Sh. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam,

President of India,

Rashtrapati Bhawan,

New Delhi- 110016.

February22, 2007

 

Petitioner; Ravinder Singh, WIPO Awarded Inventor & Consultant, New Delhi.

 

[Summary; Cauvery Tribunal Award Has Ignored The Needs Of Karnataka In Prescribing Water Release Schedule That Firstly Results In Excess Release Of 125 TMC of Water Than Allocated & Secondly Tribunal Award Has No Provision For Sharing Surplus Water In Lower Basin Like Last Two Water Years. On Long Term Average 250 TMC Of Water Is Wasted In 2-3 Months Of Peak Monsoon Activity In The Absence Of Adequate Storage Particularly In Upper Basin. Professional Review Of The Award Is Required To Address The Critical Needs Of Upper Basin.]

 

Respected Sir,

 

Your urgent intervention is required in these matters in ensuring equitable use of water resources and optimizing food productivity.

 

It is unfortunate even in six decades of democracy we have not been able to address our critical problems like water use, sanitation and produce adequate food for our people. In this India is at least two centuries behind the developed countries.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Basins_in_Madhya_Pradesh

 

First A Glimpse Of Narmada Water In Focus For Two Decades;

 

Just a look at the River Basin map of Madhya Pradesh in the above link which I matched it with India’s Water Wealth to be accurate, will make you realize Narmada River (Yellow) waters could have been easily and in expensively transferred to “Dry Upper Basins” of Sone River (Turmeric Color), Ken River (Orange), Betwa River (Pink) and Chambal River (Light Green) basins.

 

Even after six decades of development and after building numerous dams Madhya Pradesh is not serious in delivering 18 maf waters allocated to MP farmers in dry upper basins but all 30 dams,10 largest already built are lined to serve Gujarat up two thousand km away. Though a medium project near Jabalpur transfers Narmada Waters to Sone basin.

 

But most strange is the Ken-Betwa Link that is clone of Sardar Sarovar Project similar in design and high cost of $4b but shall transfer only 0.5 maf water that is just 0.7% of waters in Madhya Pradesh Rivers. Give me $1b I shall transfer 18 maf of surplus Narmada Waters in to farms of Madhya Pradesh.

 

The MP case was important to explain that in above five large states and central government were directly involved for 6 decades but water is being wasted and unproductively utilized Pointing To Complete Failure Of Concerned Governments In Wasting Water And Public Money. There Is No Concern For Sufferings Of Farmers, Poverty & Hunger Of People.

 

MP has abundant water resources of 85 BCM but only 5% or under 1 million hectares of its cultivated area is irrigated by Canals. Most of dams don’t produce even reasonable amount of electricity.

 

Water Starved Karnataka & Water Wasting TN;

 

In 2002 I got involved in Kaveri Dispute and found that for over 100 years farmers of Karnataka are prevented from using riparian waters for irrigation and most of the water is allowed to go waste. So I recommended building new dams to Capture surplus rains in Cauvery basin which at times was twice the allocated flows.

 

http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl1919/19190040.htm

 

In the above Frontline story in 2002 one can easily make out of 205 TMC of water prescribed in Cauvery award, releases at Biligundulu CWC monitoring stations 60 kilometers upstream of Mettur Dam were supposed to be 180 TMC 25 TMC of water is generated between CWC monitoring station and Mettur Dam in 12 months water cycle, but average releases were 305 TMC. Never even once water releases were short of full year award except in 95-96 season when water releases were 183 though in previous year 94-95 releases were 373 TMC which is close to the 419 TMC allocated for TN in the basin coming from Karnataka alone.

 

It was also found that TN main paddy crop called Samba season is October-December and TN wanted 137 TMC of water to be released by September30 every year. This was “Technical Mischief” that let TN extract average of 305 TMC water + 25 TMC of water. 

 

·        It was therefore a patent mischief of TN politicians to create trouble for Karnataka and GOI. In doing so wasting Cauvery waters in most of times.

 

·        President of India may please note even in 2002-03 when CJI was almost ready to put Chief Minister SM Krishna in Jail in crisis year for Karnataka, water releases were actually 223.56 TMC and live storage in Mettur was 5.96 TMC against prescribed release of 205 TMC as given in clippings of MoWR report May2003.

 

But I am shocked there was only 0.45 TMC of water in all four dams in Karnataka on May30, 2003 that year.

 

TN through “Judicial Extortion” drained out all four dams of Karnakata as if Karnataka is not entitled to store water in its dams for its own use and for emergency.

 

2003-04 seasons was worst monsoon year and water releases were 76 TMC at Biligundulu when food production in India dropped from 212 Million Tons to 173 Million Tones. All four Karnataka dams were completely dry.

 

http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/stories/20070223003900400.htm

 

2004-05 was normal year when water releases at Biligundulu were 185 TMC that translates to 210 TMC.

 

·        But 2005-06 and 2006-07 are record years. Water releases at Biligundulu in 2005-06 were 383.91 TMC exactly double of 192 TMC annual releases prescribed in recent tribunal award.

 

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20051231/weather.htm

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050930/weather.htm

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20061231/weather.htm

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060930/weather.htm

 

City

June-Sept.05

Oct-Dec.05

June-Sept.06

Oct.Dec.06

Bangaluru

672

676

295

92

Chennai

303

1856

472

957

 

·        Study of water year 2005-06 as given under and in rainfall pattern that doesn’t exactly describe the situation but enough to give an idea about the state monsoon progress, illustrates that after a normal year 2004-05 when rains blessed Cauvery Basin when TN was flooded there were no dams to hold back water for distress years and for irrigating second or third crop in June-December2005 period.

 

·        Roughly 250 TMC of Karnataka releases and 300 TMC in TN were wasted in a single water year or three years of releases prescribed by Tribunal.

 

·        When rainfall in plains of Cauvery Basin this year 2006 failed excess rains in TN couldn’t come to the aid of Karnataka.

 

·        The following chart illustrates that after precarious conditions in Karnataka in May2005 normal year 2004-5, after a slow start in just two months July and August 2005 all dams were full and overflowing even as using water to maximum capacity or requirement.

 

WATER YEAR June2005-May06

 

 

Months

Monthly Releases

Releases 2004-05

Live Storage

Mettur TN

Live Storage Four Dams Karnataka

May2005

2.31

163.96

19.22

0.004

June 2005

2.87

2.87

19.49

8.86

July 2005

33.35

36.23

46.08

79.615

Aug. 2005

92.30

128.53

93.98

90.185

Sept. 2005

53.43

180.94

82.51

88.12

Oct. 2005

105.86

286.7

93.47

90.151

Nov. 2005

60.674

347.37

93.774

76.463

Dec.2005

26.474

373.844

91.44

60.22

Jan.2006

7.742

381.585

82.027

54.813

Feb.2006

2.595

384.18

81.78

41.39

March2006

6.07

390.25

83.172

27.23

April2006

4.12

394.37

81.413

15.23

May2006

7.81

402.18

83.083

12.883

 

·              Current year is heading for another good year. On November30, 2006 water already released was 216.64 TMC and 86.91 TMC water was in storage in Mettur Dam. TN already consumed 212 TMC, and 86.91 TMC water were in storage as on November30, 2006. Very good rains this year also points to waste of say 300 TMC of water.

 

·        The above link gives the rainfall for October-December 2006 period. Chennai for example received 957 mm of rains when practically rest of the country was practically and ten times more than Bangalouru only 92 mm.

 

Months

Monthly Releases

Releases For 2006-07

Live Storage

Mettur, TN

Live Storage Four Dams Karnataka

May2006

7.81

402.18

83.083

12.883

June 2006

9.62

9.62

69.221

38.451

July 2006

59.59

69.21

77.829

89.266

Aug. 2006

72.30

141.51

86.05

87.47

Sept. 2006

24.48

165.99

65.882

84.543

Oct. 2006

22.77

188.76

61.083

68.609

Nov. 2006

27.88

216.64

86.91

54.86

 

Conclusions;

 

1. Judicial award of Cauveri Tribunal results in excess release of over 125 TMC from Karnataka section of Cauvery Basin and over all on long term average something like 250 TMC of Cauvery water is wasted to sea in 3-4 months due to in adequate dam storages particularly in Karnataka.

 

2. Storages in both upper and lower basin are essential for optimum utilization of Cauvery waters.

 

3. Single full season paddy crop cycle should be adopted for both basins.

 

(Petitioner)

Ravinder Singh

  

http://www.thehindu.com/2006/11/09/stories/2006110916740800.htm

 

http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/nov/26tnrain.htm

 

http://wrmin.nic.in/events/default12.htm

Status of Cauvery Flows into Mettur Reservoir Nov 2006 Six Months

        As per the Interim order of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, the inflow into Mettur reservoir for November, 2006 and cumulative inflow during the water year ‘June, 2006 – May, 2007’ (from 01.06.2006 to 30.11.2006) are required to be 16.05 TMC and 183.22 TMC respectively.

        As per Government of Tamil Nadu, inflow during November, 2006 and cumulative inflow during water year ‘June, 2006 – May, 2007’ (from 01.06.2006 to 30.11.2006) at Mettur dam are 27.88 TMC and 216.64 TMC respectively.

        The Mettur Reservoir is having live storage capacity of 86.91 TMC against live storage capacity of 93.47 TMC as on 30.11.2006. The total active storage of the four reservoirs of Karnataka as on 30.11.2006 is 54.86 TMC.

Status of Cauvery Flows into Mettur Reservoir May 2006

          As per the Interim order of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, the inflow into Mettur reservoir for May, 2006 and cumulative inflow during the water year ‘June, 2005 – May, 2006’ (from 01.06.2005 to 31.05.2006) are required to be 2.01 TMC and 205 TMC respectively.

        As per Government of Tamil Nadu, inflow during May, 2006 and cumulative inflow during water year ‘June, 2005 – May, 2006’ (from 01.06.2005 to 31.05.2006) at Mettur dam are 7.81 TMC and 402.18 TMC respectively.

       The Mettur Reservoir is having live storage capacity of 83.083 TMC against live storage capacity of 93.47 TMC as on 31.05.2006. The total active storage of the four reservoirs of Karnataka as on 31.05.2006 is 12.833 TMC.

Status of Cauvery Flows into Mettur Reservoir May 2005

          As per the Interim order of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, the inflows into Mettur reservoir for May, 2005 and cumulative inflow during the water year ‘June, 2004 – May, 2005’ (from 01.06.2004 to 31.05.2005) are required to be 2.01 TMC and 205.00 TMC respectively.

        As per Government of Tamil Nadu, inflow during May, 2005 and cumulative inflow during water year ‘June, 2004 – May, 2005’ (from 01.06.2004 to 31.05.2005) at Mettur dam are 2.31 TMC and 163.96 TMC respectively.

       The live storage in Mettur Reservoir as on 31.05.2005 is 19.22 TMC against its total live capacity of 93.48 TMC. The total active storage of the four reservoirs of Karnataka as on 30.05.2005 is .004 TMC.

Status of Cauvery Flows into Mettur Reservoir May 2004

As per the Interim order of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, the inflows into Mettur reservoir for April, 2004 and cumulative inflow during the water year ‘June, 2003- May, 2004’ from 01.06.2003 to 30.04.2004 are required to be 2.32 TMC and 202.99 TMC respectively.

As per Government of Tamil Nadu, inflow during April, 2004 and cumulative inflow from 01.06.2003 to 30.04.2004 during water year ‘June 2003 – May 2004’ at Mettur dam are 1.008 TMC and 62.095 TMC respectively. The live storage in Mettur Reservoir is 6.047 TMC on 30.04.2004 against its total live capacity of 93.48 TMC. The total active storage of the four major reservoirs of Karnataka in Cauvery basin as on 30.04.2004 is 0.198 TMC.

Status of Cauvery Flows into Mettur Reservoir May 2003

As per the Interim order of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, the inflows into Mettur  reservoir for May, 2003 and cumulative inflow during the water year ‘June, 2002- May, 2003’ from 01.06.2002 to 31.05.2003 are required to be 2.01 TMC  and 205.00 TMC respectively.

As per Government of Tamil Nadu, inflow during May 2003 and cumulative inflow from 01.06.2002 to 31.05.2003 during water year ‘June, 2002- May, 2003’ at Mettur dam are 0.61 TMC and 94.65 TMC respectively.  The live storage in Mettur Reservoir is 5.96 TMC on 31.05.2003 against its total live capacity of 93.48 TMC.

The total inflows into the four Karnataka reservoirs from 01.06.2002 to 31.05.2003 during water year ‘June, 2002- May, 2003’ is 223.56 TMC. The total active storage of the four reservoirs as on 31.05.2003 is 0.45 TMC.

            Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal May 2002

            As per the interim order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, the scheduled inflow into the Mettur Reservoir for May, 2002 was required to be 2.01 Thousand Million Cubic Feet. Against this, the observed flow at the Biligundulu site in Karnataka, maintained by the Central Water Commission (CWC) (about 60 kms. upstream of the Mettur Reservoir), was 3.84 Thousand Million Cubic Feet. As on 31st May, 2002 the live storage in Mettur was 11.36 Thousand Million Cubic Feet, against its total live capacity of 93.48 Thousand Million Cubic Feet.

            The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal held its hearings on 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th May, 2002.  In this hearing, the Tribunal continued the arguments on the issues framed by it.  The date of next sitting for arguments is 4th July, 2002.

February 25, 2007 - Posted by | Bangalore, Karnataka and Kannada, Nanjundappa Report

3 Comments »

  1. nonsense

    Comment by spk | March 8, 2007 | Reply

  2. Utter nonsense..

    Comment by bj | March 25, 2007 | Reply

  3. It is an order given by the supreme court of India. Dont u think the supreme court has considered all conditions? After all it is the highest judicial authority in India. The doucument has been written as if the Kaveri Tribunal was formed by some people from TN!!!
    It is time we start working with what we have.

    Comment by avinash | August 8, 2007 | Reply


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