Critical Days Ahead for Cauvery Basin

Dry weather continues to prevail over Tamil Nadu and rest of Peninsular India with not much change in conditions expected for the next week to ten days.  The last few days have also seen slightly warmer than normal day time weather conditions as well across large parts of the state too.  Similarly the night time conditions are near normal are slightly above normal in the interiors.

Similar trend is expected today as well with parts of South Tamil Nadu & Central TN likely to see above normal temperatures during the day time.  Numerical Models indicate most places in these regions particularly around the interiors to stay around 32°C during mid day while places in North TN could see temperatures stay around 30°C. during day time.  Night time conditions are expected to be near normal for the next day or two before a spell of cold weather is likely to happen during the later days of this week.

Though the next active spell of rains which could make a difference to the storage levels of Reservoirs is still a few months away it will not be out of sync to keep a tab on the storage levels.  Reservoirs in South TN & the Nilgiris region are relatively better off on the back of the rains that happened on account of Cyclone Ockhi.  The storage situation in Valparai region though far better than same time last year is not something that can be called as comfortable.

Just as Southwest Monsoon 2017 was entering its last leg we had made this post about how Cauvery River Basin is on its way to becoming a perennially deficit River.  It pains us once again to make this post today with nearly the entire summer ahead of us.  With only 26% storage over the Cauvery Basin the coming days will once again be testing the political set up as next 4 months at least will not provide for any major improvements against sustained withdrawal of water from the dams across the basin for Drinking water needs over the summer not to forget the pressure from the farming community for support from the Government to sustain their crops after putting months of hard-work so far.

As Bloggers in the Public domain we cannot afford personal passions / views cloud our judgement.  Keeping in mind the overall storage in the Basin across both Karnataka & Tamil Nadu along with a ticking time bomb in the form of Upcoming Assembly Elections in Karnataka it is time to show Prudence & Practical Water Management rather than Regional Jingoism & Political Brow Beating.