The Supreme Court Monday directed the Karnataka government to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days to make sure the samba crops in Tamil Nadu survive.
“Keeping in view the gesture shown by the Karnataka and the plight that has been projected with agony by Tamil Nadu, we think it appropriate to direct that 15 cusecs of water per day be released at Biligundulu by Karnataka for 10 days,” said a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Uday U Lalit.
Karnataka had offered to release 10,000 cusecs every day while demanding 20,000 cusecs for itself. Considering that samba crops in Tamil Nadu required water immediately, the bench provided for an interim arrangement and said Karnataka would release 15,000 cusecs water every day for the next 10 days.
It also directed the Tamil Nadu government to approach the supervisory committee within three days for the release of Cauvery water as per the final order of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal. The supervisory committee has been asked to pass orders on Tamil Nadu’s plea in 10 days. The court posted the matter for further hearing on September 16.
On September 2, the Supreme Court had urged Karnataka to ‘live and let live’, after Tamil Nadu brought to the notice of the court that the Karnataka chief minister had said that not a drop of water would be released to the state.
The court was hearing an application by Tamil Nadu to direct Karnataka to release 50.52 tmc feet of Cauvery water this season. In reply, Karnataka had said it has a deficit of about 80 tmc feet in its four reservoirs.