Bengaluru, September 6: Supreme Court on Monday ordered Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days to ameliorate plight of the farmers there. It was observed that the samba crops in Tamil Nadu would be adversely affected.
A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit directed Karnataka to ensure supply of water to Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu was also asked to approach the supervisory committee within three days for the release of Cauvery water as per the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.
“We think it’s appropriate to direct Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day for ten days, “said the bench. Tamil Nadu had sought a direction to Karnataka to release 50.52 tmc feet of Cauvery water with a purpose to 40,000 acres of samba crops this season.
Earlier, the apex court had said no to give an urgent hearing to Tamil Nadu's plea for setting up of Cauvery Management Board for implementation of the CWDT award. The Tribunal decision in 2007, determined the total availability of water in the Cauvery basin at 740 thousand million cubic (tmc) feet at the Lower Coleroon Anicut site, including 14 tmc ft for environmental protection and seepage into the sea.