Release 2000 cusecs of Cauvery water from Oct 7 to 18: SC tells Karnataka govt
Supreme Court also deferred the formation of Cauvery Management Board till further orders
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Karnataka government to release 2,000 cusecs of water every day to Tamil Nadu from October 7 to 18.
According to media reports, the apex court also asked the Karnataka how much Cauvery river water it can share with the downstream state in this period.
In the past few days, Tamil Nadu has pressed for Cauvery water to save its paddy crop. However, Siddaramaiah-led Karnataka government protest against the SC decision citing monsoon failure and depleted reservoirs.
The top court's order to release water last month had triggered riots in Bengaluru, with Kannadigas attacking Tamils and their property. The court had on September 30 asked Karnataka to discharge 6,000 cusecs from October 1 to 6 .
On Saturday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah chaired an all-party meeting in Bengaluru to decide the future course of action on the matter.
Leaders of both Houses, lawmakers, including central ministers representing the state, ministers concerned of Cauvery basin and district in-charge ministers was asked to attend the meeting. The apex court had said that Karnataka will not show any defiance and warned saying “no one would know when the wrath of the law” would fall on it.
A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice U.U. Lalit directed the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board by October 4.
Around 50 lawmakers of Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK party on Tuesday marched to the South Block office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the issue of Cauvery river.
According to a report in NDTV, the legislators took out the march to demand setting up of a Cauvery Water Management Board of experts to assess the water needs of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in their dispute over the Cauvery river.
As per the report, the legislators claimed that they were sent to the national capital to take out the march by Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, who has been under treatment in an Apollo Hospital in Chennai. The protest, lawmakers said, is against the Centre’s stand in the Supreme Court that it cannot create the board and needs the authorisation of Parliament to do so.