CWMA (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Polity)

News-CRUX-10     30th September 2023        
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Context: The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) recently confirmed the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee's (CWRC) decision, instructing Karnataka to continue releasing 3,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu until October 15.

Cauvery Water  Management Authority CWMA

  • 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."

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


  • 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.