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Cauvery row: Supreme Court reserves judgment, Karnataka asked to provide 2000 cusecs/day

The apex court on Wednesday reserved its judgment on the Cauvery water a day after it directed Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu.

On Monday, a high level panel had suggested of doing away with “outdated and unscientific water application techniques” to resolve the wrangle. The panel said that both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were facing water shortage, creating unemployment and financial hardship for the people.

However, Karnataka government has a filed a petition asking the court to form a larger constitutional bench to look into the dispute. The Supreme Court has reserved it’s order on maintainability on appeal of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala against Tribunal’s order of 2007. Meanwhile, Karnataka has been asked to provide 2000 cusecs water/per day water to Tamil Nadu.

On September 30, the apex court had directed Karnataka to discharge 6,000 cusecs water from October 1-6, warning that no one would know when the “wrath of the law” would fall on it.

High panel committee

The team was constituted as per orders of the apex court to assess the realities in Cauvery basin areas in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The high level central technical team had inspected Krishnaraja Sagar, Kabini dams in Karnataka, Mettur Bhavani Sagar dams in Tamil Nadu. The GS Jha-led team had interacted with the PWD officials and delta farmers in Thanjavur Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur. Farmers in Tiruchirapalli and delta regions told the team that samba crops will be damaged if water is not released into Cauvery by Karnataka.

Meanwhile, the delta farmers in Tamil Nadu resorted to rail rook agitation on Monday urging the government to set up Cauvery management board.

With ANI inputs

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