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Release 6000 cusecs Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu till Friday: SC to Karnataka

Karnataka said it can release the water only by the end of the year, as it first needs to provide for its own state, which it claimed was reeling under shortage of drinking water.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
September 27, 2016 3:34:53 pm
Cauvery, cauvery river water issue, SC, Supreme court, hearing, SC hearing, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka government, karnataka govt, cusecs, 6000 cusecs, water, release water, release river water, india news, indian express, latest news A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra on September 20 had directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till September 27. (File Photo)

A day after Karnataka government expressed its inability to release water, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the state to release 6000 cusecs of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu till Friday despite assembly’s resolution. The next hearing on the case will take place on Friday.

The court asked Karnataka to facilitate meeting with Tamil Nadu to arrive at some amicable settlement.

In its plea before the apex court on Monday, the Karnataka government had sought modification of its order asking it to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu. Karnataka said it can release the water only by the end of the year, as it first needs to provide for its own state, which it claimed was reeling under shortage of drinking water.

WATCH VIDEO: Supreme Court Directs Karnataka To Release 6000 Cusecs Of Cauvery Water To Tamil Nadu Till Friday

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A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra on September 20 had directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till September 27, while raising the quantum fixed by the Supervisory Committee by 3,000 cusecs.

“We think it appropriate that Karnataka releases 6,000 cusecs water to Tamil Nadu in three days by following the order passed by us, despite the resolution passed by the assembly,” a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit said.

While the order was being dictated by the bench, senior advocate F S Nariman, appearing for Karnataka, vehemently opposed any direction asking the state to release water, saying there was “no logic in it” and the order amounted to “a direct confrontation”.

Blaming Karnataka’s “obstructionist and obstinate” attitude for the impasse and non-compliance of the apex court directives, senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Tamil Nadu, submitted: “On instruction, I am saying that the state (Tamil Nadu) is fed up. We are simply tired of this litigation. We are not getting what is our legitimate rights.”

“We are in a federal structure and in a democracy like India, no state can say it will not obey the Supreme Court’s order. You cannot pick up fight with everyone. It is not about Karnataka or Tamil Nadu or any state, there has to be federal cooperativism ,” the bench said, asking both states to cooperate in finding a solution to the water feud.

The bench, on being repeatedly pursued by Tamil Nadu to get its orders enforced, said “Have patience for few days. This is not an ordinary litigation. Let us see how things shape up.”

The apex court had on September 20 also directed the Centre to constitute within four weeks the Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) as directed by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) in its award.

The Karnataka assembly had last week passed a unanimous resolution during a special session directing the state government to release the water only for drinking purposes to Bengaluru and regions surrounding Cauvery basin.

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