India's Supreme Court asks Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs per day to Tamil Nadu till Sept 27

The two states -- Karnataka & Tamil Nadu -- have been fighting for decades over sharing of the Cauvery river waters. This bout of violence was brought about after the Supreme Court ordered Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water by September 16 Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 20, 2016, 05.18 PM (IST)
Karnataka will have to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu from tomorrow till September 27, India's Supreme Court said today while raising the quantum fixed by the Supervisory 
Committee by 3,000 cusecs.

A bench of justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit 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.

It also directed the Centre to produce the notification indicating that CWMB has been constituted.

"How long will the two states keep fighting? This dispute is on from 1894. Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) is an expert body and it needs to be constituted. Just because the problem had not arisen earlier doesn't mean that the problem will never arise in future," the bench told ASG Pinky Anand, appearing for Centre.

Political parties in Tamil Nadu welcomed the order directing the central government to set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) in four weeks' time.

The apex court took note of the fact that no consensus was reached among the states before the Supervisory Committee and Union Water Resources Secretary and Chairman of the Committee Shashi Shekhar used his power to ask Karnataka to release 3000 cusecs of water daily to Tamil Nadu.

Senior advocate F S Nariman, appearing for Karnataka, opposed the supervisory committee order and said the state was aggrieved by the order. "We cannot give water to Tamil Nadu from our drinking water supply," Nariman said while opposing any interim arrangement for release of Cauvery water.

Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Tamil Nadu, also opposed the directions, saying the supervisory committee has not considered all aspects while passing the order.

He said the committee had failed to consider the fact that it was a rain deficient year and the quantum of water to be released has to be done proportionally.

"We need water here and now otherwise our Samba crops which are planted in August-September and harvested in December will be destroyed," Naphade said.

(Agencies)