Cauvery row: SC directs Karnataka to continue releasing 2000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu
The court had, on December 9, upheld its constitutional power and right to hear appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, against the 2007 Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal final award.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed Karnataka government that, the interim order on Cauvery Water Disputes, directing Karnataka to release 2000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu, will continue till next order and stated that the further hearing of the matter will be held on February 7.
The court, had on December 9, upheld its constitutional power and right to hear appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, against the 2007 Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal final award.
Justice Dipak Misra-headed apex court bench had rejected the Centre’s stand that the apex court had no jurisdiction to hear the Cauvery river dispute.
The Centre had argued that the parliamentary law of Inter-State Water Disputes Act of 1956, coupled with Article 262 (2) of the Indian Constitution, excluded the Supreme Court from hearing or deciding any appeals against the Cauvery Tribunal’s decision.
Claiming that the tribunal award was final, the Centre said it would frame a scheme for the implementation of the tribunal award, and the scheme, once prepared, would be placed before both Houses of the Parliament for approval.
The tribunal, in its final award, had determined the usable quantum of water of the Cauvery at 740 tmcft. Karnataka is entitled to 270 tmcft, Tamil Nadu to 419 tmcft, Kerala 30 tmcft, Puducherry 7 tmcft, and 14 tmcft is meant for environmental purposes, the tribunal had said.