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Cauvery dispute: Onus now on Karnataka to act

Supreme court has ordered the Karnataka government to inform them by tomorrow 2 pm that whether they have released water from Cauvery to the neighbouring Tamilnadu complying the order by the court on September 30.
Cauvery river as seen from Mandya, Karnatataka.

Supreme court has ordered the Karnataka government to inform them by tomorrow 2 pm that whether they have released water from Cauvery to the neighboring Tamil Nadu complying the order by the court on September 30.
The centre who has stuck in the dispute between the state has requested the supreme court to modify its previous order to form the Cauvery Water Management Board by Tuesday. The Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi  pleading for the centre said the court that the main issue on the appeal is still pending and that the centre should not have been asked to form the Cauvery Water  management Board (CWMB) because the centre alone cannot decide on setting up such a body that it is under the domain of executive.

The bench including Justices Dipak Misra and C Nagappan listed the interim plea of the Centre for hearing tomorrow. The court has asked for a report from Karnataka by 2 pm tomorrow on adherence of their September 30th order to release 6000 cusecs water from October 1 to sixth, and the court has warned that noncompliance of its orders would cause to fall the ‘wrath of the law’ on the sate. With this the top court has also asked the union government to form the Cauvery Water Management Body including the the representatives of Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala and the union territory of Puduchery headed by Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti which the court directed can visit the various spots of Cauvery basin to assess the ground reality and submit a report regarding release of water.

On October 1, Karnataka had moved a review petition in the apex court against its tree orders on Cauvery water release to Tamil Nadu and direction to the centre to create the CWMB.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the state was the “victim” in the Cauvery river water dispute, not the villain like it was portrayed by some vested interested people.

In its review petition, Karnataka said “grave miscarriage of justice” has been caused to it pursuant to the three apex court orders of September 20, 27 and 30, by which it was directed to release 6000 cusecs of water till October 6 and the Centre was to constitute the Board by October 4.
Karnatkaa on October first has moved a review petition in the high court against its order to release water from Cauvery and formalize the CWMB. In the review petition Karnataka has said that “grave miscarriage of justice” has been caused to it pursuant to the earlier three orders of September 20, 27, and 30 in which the state was directed to release 6000 cusecs of water till October and the center was directed to form the CWMB.

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