TN seeks R2,479-cr damages from Karnataka on Cauvery dispute

Written by Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Updated: May 31 2013, 06:56am hrs
The Tamil Nadu government has approached the apex court seeking around R2,500 crore from Karnataka for loss of crops due to non-release of Cauvery water during the irrigation year 2012-13 as per the interim award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

Tamil Nadu has sought R1,045.7 crore towards loss of crops, bio-mass and power generation due to non-release of water as per the interim order and R1,434 crore as punitive damages for deliberate non-compliance of the decision passed by the Tribunal.

The present suit is instituted primarily to seek and recover damages caused to Tamil Nadu and its inhabitants by the illegal and contumacious conduct of Karnataka in failing to comply with the binding decision of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal as notified by the central government on December 10, 1991, and subsequent orders dated April 3, 1992, and December 19, 1995, of the tribunal with regard to directions for release of waters and to make good the deficit," the petition said.