Karnataka Monday agreed to release 10,000 cusecs of water from Cauvery to Tamil Nadu as a goodwill gesture.
Following the assurance,a Supreme Court bench of Justices D K Jain and Madan Lokur refused to pass an order on Tamil Nadus plea to direct Karnataka to release 2 thousand million cubic feet of water.
So far as the direction for release of extra water by Karnataka from its reservoirs is concerned,counsel for the state submits that the meeting of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) is fixed for September 19. As a goodwill gesture by way of a purely ad hoc arrangement,the state of Karnataka is willing to release extra water in order to ensure on and from September 12,10,000 cusecs of water flow only till September 20, the court said.
The bench,however,allowed the two states to take appropriate steps if the Cauvery River Authority meeting does not take place as scheduled.We expect and hope the meeting will take place and some amicable solution to the problem is found. We,however,clarify that if for some unforeseen reasons the meeting is not held on September 19 or no decision is taken in the meeting it is open for both parties to take appropriate steps as may be advised, the bench said.
Tamil Nadu had urged the court to pass an order on its plea considering the state has already lost crop and could lose more if nothing was done. Karnataka,however,contended that Tamil Nadu has sufficient water in its reservoirs and it could save its crop by releasing water before the northeast monsoon sets in.
The court,meanwhile,again expressed displeasure over the absence of any counsel of the Centre in the post-lunch session when it was to pass the order. The Union of India is not concerned. At the moment,there is no one present. When we say something,they are aggrieved, the bench said.
The court had on September 3 pulled up the PMO for failing to fix a date for the meeting of the CRA.