SC reserves order on Cauvery water dispute

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgement on maintainability on judgement on maintainability on appeal of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala against Tribunal’s order of 2007 on Cauvery water row.

Furthermore, the court reprimanded the Karnataka government to release water to Tamil Nadu on a daily basis until further orders.

The tribunal, in a unanimous decision passed on February 5, 2007, had determined the total availability of water in the Cauvery basin, at 740 tmcft at the Lower Coleroon Anicut site, including 14 tmcft for environmental protection and seepage into the sea.

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.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who had been expressing his inability to share more water with Tamil Nadu since long, yesterday told media that there’s no water left in state reservoir.

The Chief Minister made these remarks shortly after the Supreme Court had ordered Karnataka government to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu until further orders.

The apex court, while retaining its direction to Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu till further orders, also asked the two state governments to ensure peace and harmony, saying ‘citizens should not become law unto themselves’.

“We intend to first adjudicate the issue of maintainability of appeals filed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. At this juncture, the interim order dated October 4 directing Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu will continue till further orders,” the bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar said.

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