Supreme Court decides not to refer Cauvery water dispute to tribunal

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New Delhi | Updated: December 9, 2016 12:22:35 PM

The Supreme Court has today reiterated that it's earlier order to release 2000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu will stand till further orders and fixed the next date of hearing on December 15.

It fixed the next date of hearing on December 15. (PTI) It fixed the next date of hearing on December 15. (PTI)

Declining to to refer the dispute over the use of Cauvery water between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to a tribunal, the Supreme Court today said the pleas by both states against the award is maintainable. It also added that the interim order for Karnataka to release 2000 cusecs water/day to Tamil Nadu shall continue. In November, the AIADMK had called for the formation of Cauvery Management Board (CMB) as soon as possible to resolve the dispute between the two southern states.

The dispute over the water dates back to 1892 when a pact was filed between Madras Presidency and Mysore for arbitration but led to other set of disputes. Attempts were renewed later to arbitrate between the two states under the guidance of Union Government and the second agreement was signed in 1924.

Since Kerala and Puducherry also staked claims share of the Cauvery water after the country attained independence, a committee was for formed in 1970 to find outt the situation on ground. It submitted its report in 1972 and also more research on the case was done by a panel committee and in 1975, both states reached an agreement.

But after a new government was formed in Tamil Nadu, it refused to give consent to terms of the pact leading to dispute growing further.

On September 30, the Supreme Court had asked Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs water from October 1-6, pointing out that no one would know when the “wrath of the law” would fall on the state government.

In his reply in the state Assembly, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had given indications of going with the order of the apex court to release water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu, while adding that government would take steps to meet drinking water needs and to save crops.

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