Cauvery dispute: SC directs Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for 3 days

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Karnataka to release 6000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for two days. The next hearing in the case will be on Thursday.

FP Staff September 27, 2016 15:38:50 IST
Cauvery dispute: SC directs Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for 3 days

In a setback to Karnataka government, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for three days. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Friday, reported ANI.

However, Karnataka government told the apex court that they were not in a position to release water and suggested that they would comply to the SC order by November, reported CNN-News 18.

According to IANS, the Supreme Court also asked the Centre to convene meetings of chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on release of Cauvery river waters.

On Monday, Karnataka had moved Supreme Court seeking modification of its order to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu, saying its reservoirs did not have sufficient water. Karnataka had further stated that it could comply to the SC order by December, reported NDTV.

Cauvery dispute SC directs Karnataka to release 6000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for 3 days

Representational image. CNN-News18

While Karnataka had sought modification of 20 September order of the apex court, Tamil Nadu had alleged that its neighbhour should not be heard till it complied with directives of the Supreme Court and the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT).

Tamil Nadu, being agrrieved by the non-compliance of apex court order, had said "the state of Karnataka is acting as judge in its own cause and refusing to comply with the orders passed by this court by consciously failing to ensure the release inspite of the matter being sub-judice before this court".

On 20 September, the apex court had directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till 27 September, doubling the quantum fixed by the Supervisory Committee.

The apex court had on 20 September also directed the Centre to constitute within four weeks the Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) as directed by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) in its award.

On 12 September, the apex court had asked both states to ensure that law and order prevails.

It had modified its earlier order on sharing of Cauvery water and directed Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs instead of 15,000 cusecs per day till 20 September to Tamil Nadu.

With inputs from agencies

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