Supreme Court has warned Karnataka, continuously defying its order to urgently release a volume of 6000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu between October 1 and October 6. Infuriated the honorable court has warned that the state should act accordingly before the “wrath of law falls on the State.” In the verdict, the court has asked the center to set up the Cauvery Water Management Board by October 4.
Court has directed that this body constituting representative of Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala and union territory of Puducheri, can visit Cauvery sites to check the ground realities. The court has also called for a report on the same on October 6, that is the next date of hearing.
The court slammed Karnataka for “flouting its orders and creating a situation by which the “majesty of law is dented”. Court has warned that Karnataka should not show any defiance again. The bench of Justices Dipak Misra and U.U. Lalit warned Karnataka that it was bound to obey the orders of the Supreme Court.
“We are granting this opportunity as the last chance and we repeat we are passing this order despite the resolution by the joint House of the State Legislature of Karnataka,” the court clarified.
On Tuesday, the SC had asked Karnataka to release Cauvery water in the next three days despite the unanimous assembly resolution to use the water only for drinking. Karnataka decided on Wednesday to defer the release of 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu till Thursday, and now Karnataka has to act on this.
Amidst these developments, Karnataka has declared drought in its 68 taluks, which is the first drought declaration done by any Indian state this year. Following the supreme court order to release Cauvery water to Tamilnadu violent protests flared up across Cauvery basin, Bengaluru and Mandya in which two people lost their lives and many vehicles were torched by the angry crowd.
On Thursday Union water resources minister Uma Bharti has said that as the meeting she has convened inviting the Karnataka and Tamilnadu representatives to find a solution to the decades long water crisis ended up in vain, she is ready even to go for a fasting to put an end to the unrest between the two south Indian states.