The Supreme Court extended its interim order that directed Karnataka to release 2000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu. The order will be valid till the Supreme Court decides on tribunal order.
A bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justice Amitava Roy and Justice A. M. Khanwilkar extended the interim order in the Cauvery water issue. It also directed Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu, till the next order.
The lawyer from the side of Tamil Nadu Shekhar Naphade urged the three-judge bench to bring the matter to a logical end. He also requested for continuous hearing of the case.
The apex court mentioned that the hearings would go on for three weeks at 2 pm daily from February 7 onwards. It said that the issue will be resolved and the appeal would be finalized.
Earlier, on December 9, the apex court upheld its constitutional power and right to hear appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, against the 2007 Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal final award.
Earlier in December, the DMK urged the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu to convene a special session of the state assembly to discuss the Cauvery water issue. Moreover, besides DMK, the Farmers’ associations had staged a series of protest on the water sharing issue.
The tribunal had determined the usable quantum of water of the Cauvery at 740 tmcft in its final award. As per ANI report, Karnataka is entitled to 270 tmcft, Tamil Nadu to 419 tmcft, Kerala 30 tmcft and Puducherry 7 tmcft. 14 tmcft is meant for environmental purposes.
A three-judge Bench, headed by Supreme Court Justice Dipak Misra, rejected the Centre’s stand that the apex court had no jurisdiction to hear the Cauvery river dispute.
The apex court on September 30 had directed Karnataka to discharge 6,000 cusecs water from October 1-6. On October 18 had directed Karnataka to keep supplying Tamil Nadu with 2,000 cusecs of water till further orders and had also directed the Centre to establish the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT).