Supreme Court to resume hearing on Cauvery dispute today

The Karnataka government, reacting to the apex court's order, had filed a petition in the court asking for larger constitutional bench to be constituted to look into the dispute
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A day after the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Karnataka to continue releasing 2,000 cusecs water per day to Tamil Nadu until further orders, the top court on Wednesday will resume its hearing on the water dispute.

After the top court announced its order, the Karnataka government, reacting to the order, filed a petition in the court asking for a larger constitutional bench to be constituted to look into the dispute.

In this Cauvery water dispute, a bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice AM Khanwilkar are currently hearing the case.

The GS Jha-led Supreme Court appointed team on Monday submitted its report before the apex court after inspecting the Krishnaraja Sagar and the Kabini dams in Karnataka, and the Mettur and Bhavani Sagar dams in Tamil Nadu.

The high-level central technical team also interacted with public works department officials and delta farmers in Thanjavur Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts. The farmers in Tiruchirapalli and delta regions told the team that the samba crop will be damaged if water from the Cauvery is not released by Karnataka.

The committee has stated 42 of the 48 talukas of Karnataka in the Cauvery basin have been affected by drought. The team was constituted as per orders of the apex court to assess the realities in the Cauvery basin areas in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

On Tuesday, 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 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 apex court said.