New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Friday described as "arbitrary" the decision of Cauvery Monitoring Committee that his state release 12 tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu and said he will challenge it before the Cauvery River Authority.
"It is an arbitrary decision and without any basis. The Cauvery Monitoring Committee had published a formula that Karnataka should release 6.12 tmcft of water during December under the distress formula," Shettar said.
He said CMC has now ordered that Karnataka release 12 tmcft of water and insisted this is not acceptable to the state.
"We will be challenging this order before the Cauvery River Authority," he said.
The matter will also come up before the Supreme Court on December 10. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka engaged in this court battle over release of Cauvery water.
At a meeting of the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) here, Secretary Water Resources D V Singh, who chairs the panel, told representatives of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry that steps "shall" be taken to notify the final award of the tribunal at the earliest "but not later than the end of this month."
The CMC meeting was convened today to give an interim order on water sharing between the two states.
Once a gazette notification is issued, institutions like the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) chaired by the Prime Minister and the CMC will cease to exist.