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.