SC asks Karnataka to release Cauvery water for TN

Hundreds of people, especially farmers on Monday staged protest demonstrations in the Mysuru region against the Supreme Court order to Karnataka for releasing 15,000 cusecs of water daily for 10 days to Tamil Nadu. Be it clarified, the Supervisory Committee is bound by the language used in the order passed by the Tribunal...

Tamil Nadu stressed that the excess water released by Karnataka was because of monsoon, which could not be considered as its share as per the award.

"Despite severe hardships faced by the government of Karnataka, the state will release water as directed by the Supreme Court", Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters on Tuesday after almost a three-hour long all-party meeting convened by him here.

He said it is possible for Karnataka to release 25 TMC of water so that it can cater to the need of crops till October.

PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss condemned the Karnataka government for allegedly not releasing the water despite the Supreme Court order, and said Siddaramaiah is indulging in "delaying tactics".

While directing the release of 15,000 tmcft of water every day, the bench took note of the impact of non-availability of required water on the summer crops and the plight of farmers. September 16 is the next hearing.

The final award made an annual allocation of 419 tmcft to Tamil Nadu in the entire Cauvery basin, 270 tmcft to Karnataka, 30 tmcft to Kerala and 7 tmcft to Puducherry.

The court gave three days' time to Karnataka to respond to the plea by Tamil Nadu, while asking the Cauvery Supervisory Committee to examine the matter in four days and pass appropriate directions.

The CWDT had recommended the setting up of a Cauvery Management Board/Authority on the lines of the Bhakra Beas Management Board for implementation of the order. The total water release ordered for 10 days amounts to around 12 thousand million cubic (TMC) of water.

"As against the combined 104 tmcft storage in the river basin, the KRS, Kabini, Hemavat and Harangi reservoirs have only 51 tmcft of water due to insufficient rains in August", an irrigation department told IANS here.

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