The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Karnataka to continue releasing 2000 cusecs water per day to Tamil Nadu until further orders.
Extending its October 4, 2016 order, the newly-appointed Supreme Court bench, which was constituted to handle the Cauvery dispute, directed both the state administrations to ensure peace and harmony. The Bench will continue hearing the case on Wednesday.
The Supreme Court said: “Citizenry common sense should prevail, especially when the dispute is before us and we are trying to resolve the crisis.”
“We warn you with absolute seriousness that citizens cannot be a law unto themselves. Peace must be maintained. Mutual respect between both States and its citizens should prevail,” The Hindu reported.
The directive comes amidst the high level panel submitted its report saying both the states were facing water shortage. The committee said that 42 of the 48 talukas of Karnataka in the Cauvery basin have been affected by the water crisis.
“Karnataka’s Mandy district is worst affected and has witnessed many suicides. No water in Tamil Nadu for cattle also. Standing crops in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are affected due to scarcity of water. Sugarcane farming in both states needs to be discouraged,” the report stated.
The technical team had earlier visited Krishnaraja Sagar, Kabini dams in Karnataka, Mettur Bhavani Sagar dams in Tamil Nadu and also held discussions with various officials of the states.
Farmer’s federation of the state had called for 48-hour rail roko on Oct 17-18, demanding the setting up of Cauvery Management Board and arguing the state government to arrange a special session of Assembly to discuss the matter.
Opposition parties including the DMK have extended their support to the strike and participated in the agitations held in Chennai and the Cauvery delta districts.