News-CRUX-10     24th January 2024        

Context: The Union Minister of Jal Shakti stated that the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) functions as a impartial platform dedicated to ensuring the optimal management of water resources.

Cauvery Water Regulation Authority CWRA

  • About: It has been created as per the Cauvery Management Scheme earlier framed by the Centre and approved by the Supreme Court.
  • Formation: February 2018 by instructions of the Supreme Court
  • Composition: Chairman, a secretary and eight members.
  • Out of the eight members, two will be full time, while two will be part-time members from the center’s side.
  • Rest four will be part-time members from the states.
  • Functions: To ensure the enforcement and adherence to the directives of the Supreme Court concerning the "storage, allocation, management, and oversight of Cauvery waters."

oIt will also offer guidance to the states on implementing measures to enhance the efficiency of water utilization.

Cauvery River

  • About: It is the largest river in the Karnatka state.
  • Known as:  Dakshina Ganga (the Ganges of the South) and considered one of the sacred rivers of India.
  • Origin: Bramahagiri Hills near Madikeri in Coorg.
  • Tributaries: Harangi, Hemavathi, Lakshmanatirtha, Kabini, Shimsha, Arkavati, Suvarnavathi or Honnuholé,  Bhavani, Lokapavani, Noyyal.