India's apex court modifies order on Cauvery water sharing

Karnataka government said the massive protests in the state have caused a loss of Rs 500 crore per day. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 12, 2016, 09.12 AM (IST)
The Supreme Court of India today modified its order asking Karnataka to release Cauvery water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu as immediate relief until September 20.

The apex court has reduced the amount to 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery river water per day from its earlier order of 15,000 cusecs of water to ameliorate the plight of farmers of the neighbouring state.

Karnataka had protested against the verdict seeking modification of the direction to reduce the quantum of water to be released.

After hearings stiff claims and counter-claims of the two states, the court has fixed a further date of hearing on the concept of fair compensation in the matter. 

The application asked the court to restrict the release of water to only six days as the state itself was facing a distress situation. 

"Even the minimum arrangement mentioned by your lordships has caused distress and havoc in the entire southern part of Karnataka, paralysing civil life. The agitation of farmers has been that their dry crop is equalled with that of the farmers in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu's need for the rice crop consumes more than twice the water which is needed for light crops in Karnataka," the application said.

Karnataka government said the massive agitation was causing a loss of Rs 500 crore per day. 

The Cauvery Supervisory Committee is holding a meeting to decide on the quantum of the river's water to be released to Tamil Nadu and other states.

(WION with inputs from agencies)