Now that the Supreme Court has retained its direction to Karnataka to release 2000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu, it remains to be seen whether the government of Karnataka, which is known for defying such orders, would follow it or not.
On Tuesday, the SC asked Karnataka to release water to TN till further orders and asked the two governments to ensure peace and harmony, saying citizens should not become law unto themselves.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra, which commenced the crucial hearing on various issues arising out of the dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over sharing of Cauvery waters, said it first intended to adjudicate the issue of maintainability of appeals filed by both the states and Kerala against the tribunal’s 2013 award.
The parched Cauvery basin has become a fertile reason for farmers’ suicides and mass migrations in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, a Supreme Court-appointed High Level Technical Team told the court on Monday.
In a report, the team, led by Central Water Commission Chairperson G.S. Jha, said the “ground realities” of the Cauvery delta region include drought, rising unemployment, borewells dug up to 1000 feet and withering of acres of crops in both States.”
The apex court-appointed Supervisory Committee, formed to inspect Cauvery basin to assess the ground realities in the region, said the neighbouring riparian states needed to appreciate interest of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to protect their established irrigation and Karnataka’s aspirations for development and educate their people accordingly.