Modifying its September 5 order, the Supreme court on Monday asked Karnataka state government to release 12000 cusecs water for Tamil Nadu till September 20 on a daily basis. The apex court also expressed its displeasure to state government for not implementating the previously issued order to release 15,000 cusecs of water. The apex court made the observations while hearing Karnataka’s plea to reduce the quantum of Cauvery water to be released to Tamil Nadu from 15,000 cusecs to 1,000 cusecs. Following a previous order by the court, violent protests on the sensitive issue paralysed life across the state. Refuting Tamil Nadu government’s claims, Karnataka government told Supreme Court that, “agony claimed by Tamil Nadu on water crisis is not there”.
Observing the urgency of the matter, the court decided to hear the case on a holiday. Karnataka’s plea also referred the inputs from security agencies that said if the current flow of water was allowed to continue further, the situation “may go out of hand”. In its plea, the Karnataka government has also demanded to restrict the release to six days instead of ten. The government claimed that there is a distress situation in Karnataka due to massive protests that inflicted daily losses of Rs 500 crore.In its September 5 order, the top court had directed release of 15,000 cusecs of water for 10 days as an immediate relief to Tamil Nadu farmers.