The Rs 3,550 cr project would help the state, which is currently facing 3000 Mw power shortfall

The trial run of the 600 Mw Mettur Thermal Power Station (MTPS) in Mettur, Tamil Nadu today achieved full capacity, according to a senior official from the BGR Energy System, the private firm which is building the station for Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation officials (TANGEDCO). BGR's Spokesperson confirmed and said “our plant constructed for Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB's) generation and distribution arm TANGEDCO at Mettur achieved full load successfully during the trial on.”

CRA will have to meet again for any review/stay of order, says Bansal

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday ruled out a stay or review of the decision of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) directing Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of water every day to Tamil Nadu till October 20, saying there was no mechanism for him to do so at the request of a party. The Prime Minister chairs the CRA, which has as members Chief Ministers of the basin States, including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

Even as the State received the lowest quantum of Cauvery flows during the southwest monsoon (June-September) in the last two decades, Union Water Resources Secretary Dhruv Vijai Singh is to visit Chennai and Bangalore on Thursday (October 4) to meet officials of the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments for discussions on the Cauvery issue.

His discussions in Chennai and Bangalore would form part of his preparations for the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC)’s meeting in New Delhi on October 8 to review the position.

Expressing its displeasure over Karnataka walking out of the meeting of the Prime Minister-headed Cauvery River Authority and refusing to comply with its mandate, the Supreme Court on Friday ordere

“Due to failure of monsoon, drought had been severe affecting agriculture”

Karnataka farmers have moved the Supreme Court challenging the direction given to the State by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as the head of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA), to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu from September 20 to October 15. Suresh and three other farmers have, in a writ petition, said that this year due to failure of monsoon to the extent of 40 per cent, drought had been severe affecting half of the agricultural operations in the Cauvery basin of Karnataka.

Five days after the meeting of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) for an amicable water-sharing formula ended without a solution, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday filed a fresh application in th

Jagadish Shettar walks out of the Cauvery River Authority meeting

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said she was “totally disappointed” at the outcome of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) meeting held here as an “adamant” Karnataka even refused to accept the ruling of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is also the Chairman of the CRA, asking Karnataka to release 9000 cusecs of water from September 20 to October 15 to Tamil Nadu.

Centre to explain steps taken for convening meet in Supreme Court today

Even as the Supreme Court is to hear the Centre on Friday on fixing the date for the meeting of the Cauvery River Authority, the Tamil Nadu Government on Thursday made a fresh plea that Karnataka be directed to release 2 tmcft of water every day till the CRA meets. A Bench of Justices D.K. Jain and Madan B. Lokur will take up the case on Friday. Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval is expected to explain the steps taken by the PMO for convening the CRA.

The State Government has sought a detailed Action Taken Report (ATR) from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) on the pollution allegedly caused by various chemical industries to water bodies including River Cauvery, and villages and hamlets in and around Mettur.

In response to the Madras High Court’s direction, N. Thirumurthy, Deputy Secretary, Department of Environment and Forests, Government of Tamil Nadu asked the TNPCB Chairman to “send an action taken report on the complaints of pollution (due to chemical industries in and around Mettur) to Government immediately.”

‘Summer crop in Karnataka wholly unauthorised and not approved by Tribunal’

Tamil Nadu on Friday described as reprehensible and inhuman Karnataka’s stand that it will enjoy all water in the Cauvery basin during distress and use all surplus water even for summer irrigation in a surplus year, to the detriment and agony of the lower riparian State. In a rejoinder to Karnataka’s reply in the Supreme Court, Tamil Nadu said: “The surplus waters in a good year have to be stored for utilisation to take care of a distress year. The summer crop in Karnataka is completely unauthorised and not approved by the Tribunal.”