SC stays setting up of Cauvery Water Management Board, asks Karnataka to give TN 2000 cusecs/day between Oct 7-18

The Supreme Court has given the state one hour to answer how much water it can release between October 7 and October 17.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 4, 2016 5:35 pm
cauvery river, cauvery issue, cauvery dispute, cauvery river dispute, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, AIADMK, Cauvery Management Board, CWMB, cauvery news, India news, latest news, Indian express Despite the Supreme Court order in September, the Congress government in Karnataka had deferred the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold the setting up of Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) but directed the Karnataka government to release 2000 cusecs water per day to Tamil Nadu between October 7-18.

The Centre had on Monday today told Supreme Court that it cannot be directed to set up the CWMB and urge it to reviews its order. In its petition, the Centre argued that the Cauvery issue falls under the domain of the state legislature.


Earlier in the day, Karnataka had told the apex court that it will implement the order to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu from October 1 to October 6.

Karnataka Counsel Fali Nariman stated that by October 6, Karnataka would have released an aggregate quantity of 36,000 cusecs to its neighbouring state.

On Monday, the Karnataka Assembly in its special session passed the resolution and argued that due to the increase of water in the four reservoirs of the basin from 27.6 tmc to 34.13 tmc, it decided to use water not only for drinking but farming purposes as well.

On September 23, the state legislature, citing acute shortage of water, had unanimously resolved to reserve waters of the Cauvery River for drinking purpose of the people in the state.

The apex court had on September 30 directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from October 1 till October 6 and asked the CWMB to visit both states and file a report on the “ground realities” by October 6.

The chairman of Central Water Commission will lead a team to survey ground realities and submit a report on October 18, which is the next date of hearing.

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  1. P
    Oct 4, 2016 at 12:39 pm
    Karnataka does not want the board to be created as it is concerned about its four reservoirs on the River Cauvery being exposed to the experts, who could disagree from its essment and declarations of its need for water resources.
    1. A
      Oct 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm
      First release 10000 cusecs of water, then 6000, then 2000 , then 500 and then 5 cusecs. Why Supreme Court is not able to uphold and execute consutional provisions in this regard.
      1. M
        Oct 4, 2016 at 1:17 pm
        Keep ordering.. After 17th what?? Release some more water for 10 more days?? When is it going to end?? Nobody can question so called SC judges??
        1. Gautam Dhar
          Oct 4, 2016 at 11:57 am
          Yeah cauvery is in sri Lanka and Maldives ,so two states TN and Karnataka can fight it out while you wash your hands off like Cong govt before you!!?
          1. H
            Oct 4, 2016 at 1:51 pm
            Jayalalitha has proven time and again so called SC judges too are on
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