Cauvery dispute: SC directs Karnataka to release water to TN

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The view of dry Cauvery river bed in Tiruchi (file photo).
The view of dry Cauvery river bed in Tiruchi (file photo).

In an interim relief to Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court directed Karnataka today to release 10,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day its neighbouring State and asked the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) to hold its meeting to decide the amount of water required by the States.

A Bench of justices D K Jain and Madan B Lokur said its interim order will continue till CMC files its report. It asked the committee to meet tomorrow or day after and posted the case for further hearing on Monday.

Cusec is a measure of flow rate of water and is abbreviation for cubic feet per second (which is equivalent to a flow of 28.317 litres per second) and 11,000 cusecs flow for a day amounts to 1 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) water.

“CMC is requested to hold the meeting on December 6 or 7 to find out water requirement for crops in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for the month of December and the report would be submitted to the concerned authority.

“In the meantime, we direct that till the CMC submits its report, Karnataka shall release 10,000 cusecs water per day from today. We make it clear that the order will continue till CMC submits its report,” the bench said.

The Bench said that its immediate concern is to save the crops which are allegedly dying because of lack of water and it would decide other issues later on.

“Both States are distressed and we have to see that we can save crops of both the States. We would keep our eyes open to the requirement of both the states and find out practical solution of the problem,” the bench observed.

(This article was published on December 5, 2012)
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When we don't have enough water, how can we share it with others ? Our State will be ruined if we give water as Supreme Court has ordered.Our farmers crops will be damaged. Every one will go in need of food and water. So, we must protest. Let all offies be closed, all schools & colleges be shut. Let us all fight for ourselves. Let Mysore be bandh for 2 days. Let us all strike for water. Please think about the future and come to a decision.

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Posted on: Dec 6, 2012 at 07:46 IST
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