Bountiful rains in the Cauvery catchment area indicates that the periodic tug-of-war between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the sharing of Cauvery waters likely to take a back seat this year.

“We don’t see any problem. So far adequate water has been released,” said a senior water resources department official.

Karnataka had a good rainfall between August and September, which covered the season’s shortfall. Now Tamil Nadu awaits the Mettur reservoir to cross the 100 feet mark. As on October 12, Mettur’s water level stood at 99.11 feet as against its capacity of 120 feet.

“In 2019, Karnataka faced double floods in less than three months. This year (2020), we have seen only one with an average inflow and outflow,” the water resources department official said.

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He added, “In addition to water outflow from Cauvery basin dams in four months, in the last week, there have been heavy

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