The Supreme Court has today directed Karnataka to supply 2000 cusecs of Cauvery to Tamil Nadu. It has also decided to hear the case everyday from July 11 for next 15 days. Speaking in the Supreme Court today, Tamil Nadu alleged that Kerala was trying to build a dam from Cauvery water, in the process, it was drawing excess from what was allocated by the tribunal.
During the hearing, while rejecting the hearing, Kerala rejected the claim and said that it was not building the dam abd its project will be upto an optimum level, following which the top court took an undertaking from its counsel and asked him to inform the state government.
In January, the top court had dismissed an appeal by a Tamil Nadu-based activist Siva Kumar seeking compensation from both states for the loss of property during the dispute. Same month, the Tamil Nadu Government had sought a compensation of Rs. 2,480 crores from Karnataka for not water released to the state even after the Supreme Court’s order to do so.
The interim order directing Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu every day was passed by a bench in the top court headed by Justice Dipak Misra , which also included Justice Amitava Roy and Justice AM Khanwilkar.
From Tamil Nadu’s side, lawyer Shekhar Naphade had urged three-judge bench to bring the matter to a conclusion for which continuous hearing should be done.
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Last year on December 9, the top court upheld its right to hear appeals by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, against the 2007 Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal final award.
(With inputs from PTI)