Supreme Court directes Karnataka to release 10,000 cusecs of water from Cauvery River to Tamil Nadu


Cauvery water issue

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed Karnataka to release 10,000 cusecs of water from Cauvery River to Tamil Nadu.

The court also asked the Cavery Monitoring Committee (CMC) to meet tomorrow or the day after to decide water requirement of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The apex court order will continue till CMC files its report, The case will be heard on Monday.

Karnataka on Tuesday had submitted to the SC that Tamil Nadu’s plea for release of at least 30 thousand million cubic feet (TMCft) of water from Cauvery river is not maintainable and the court should not adjudicate the dispute on basis of emotional appeals.

Appearing before a Bench of Justices D K Jain and Madan B Lokur, the rival states continued to level allegations against each other with Tamil Nadu accusing Karnataka of cornering its share of water and the latter alleging that the former is making emotional appeal to the apex court to get more water.

Senior advocate Anil Diwan, appearing for Karnataka, had said Tamil Nadu’s plea is not maintainable as the state has not challenged the decisions of CMC and Cauvery River Authority (CRA) headed by the Prime Minister.

Diwan had said that farmers of Karnataka would also suffer if the water is released to Tamil Nadu and five to ten thousands acres of land would go waste with release of one TMC water.

Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, had accused Karnataka for wrongly appropriating its share of Cauvery river water.

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Subrat Thayal