Cauvery dispute: Supreme Court reserves judgment on tribunal award
The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order on Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal a day after the court directed Karnataka to continue releasing 2000 cusecs water per day to Tamil Nadu until further orders.
An SC bench consisting of justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and A.M. Khanwilkar indicated that the order could be announced in two weeks, Livemint reported.
Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala had filed appeals against the verdict of the Tribunal in 2007. Karnataka earlier criticised the verdict of the tribunal, saying major share of the water will go to Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, after the top court announced its order to release water, the Karnataka government filed a petition in the court asking for a larger constitutional bench to be constituted to look into the dispute.
Reacting to court’s order, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah reportedly said that there’s no water to release. Karnataka is already facing water shortage and it needs to preserve it for drinking purposes, he added.
Earlier, in addition to extending its October order, the newly-appointed Supreme Court bench directed both the state administrations to ensure peace and harmony.
The directive came 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.
Earlier this week, Farmer’s federation of the state had called for 48-hour rail roko, demanding the setting up of CMB and arguing the state government to arrange a special session of Assembly to discuss the matter.