The newly-appointed Supreme Court bench, constituted to adjudicate the Cauvery dispute, on Tuesday directed Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of water everyday to Tamil Nadu till it issues further orders.
The apex court also directed both the state administrations to ensure peace and harmony. Saying that the sense of citizenry must prevail in the two states, the bench observed that “morality of respect” should exist among their people.
An apex court committee, constituted to study the Cauvery issue, on Monday noted that the situation was grim in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The committee has stated that 42 of the 48 talukas of Karnataka in the Cauvery basin have been affected by drought.
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“Karnataka’s Mandy district is worst affected and has witnessed many suicides. No water in Tamil Nadu for cattle also. Standing crops in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are affected due to scarcity of water. Sugarcane farming in both states needs to be discouraged,” the report added.
On Monday, the delta farmers in Tamil Nadu resorted to rail roko agitation and urged the government to set up a Cauvery Management Board.
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