The Supreme Court today made it clear that it will not interfere with the Cauvery Monitoring Committee’s (CMC) order directing Karnataka to provide Tamil Nadu with 12 thousand million cubic feet (tmc) of Cauvery water during December despite both warring states expressing dissatisfaction over the award.

A Bench of justices D K Jain and Madan B Lokur turned down the plea of Tamil Nadu which contended that the report is factually wrong and the court should interfere in the matter to direct Karnataka to release more water.

“They(members of CMC) are experts and we should not comment on it. If you are not happy with the report then do what you want to do for getting remedy,” the Bench said.

“It seems that both sides are not satisfied by the direction issued by the CMC. We leave it for the parties to work out in accordance with law,” the Bench said in its order.

The Bench posted the matter for further hearing on January 4 after noting that the order of the Committee is for the month of December.

The CMC, which met on the direction of the apex court, had on December 7 asked Karnataka to provide Tamil Nadu with 12 tmc ft of Cauvery water during December.

Kerala and Puducherry are the other two member states of CMC which is headed by Union Secretary, Water Resources.

“It would seem equitable if Karnataka should manage water in such a way that Tamil Nadu receives 12 tmc feet during December 2012,” the Committee had said in its interim award.

(This article was published on December 10, 2012)
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