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Cauvery water dispute: SC to hear contesting claims of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu

CauveryWaterDispute Updated: Sep 20, 2016 13:42 IST
Bhadra Sinha
Cauvery water dispute

Security forces make their way past burning trucks in Bengaluru, which were set on fire by protesters after Supreme Court ordered Karnataka state to release water from the Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu.(Reuters File Photo)

A day after the Cauvery supervisory committee ordered Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs of water from the river to Tamil Nadu daily between September 21 and 30, the Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the contesting claims of the two states that recently witnessed violence over the issue.

Ahead of the hearing, prohibitory orders have been put in place in Mandya’s Sanjay circle keeping in view last week’s violence. Karnataka home minister G Parameshwara has issued elaborate guidelines for the police to deal with any eventuality and directed them to take precautionary measures to avert possible violence.

The state police have been asked to keep fire engines and emergency forces ready in sensitive areas around the Cauvery belt, including Bengaluru. The police have also been directed to flag march in sensitive areas and an appeal has been made to pro-Kannada activists and farmers’ associations to maintain peace.

The top court had on September 5 asked Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day for a period of 10 days to Tamil Nadu to minimise the plight of farmers there. On September 12, the court modified the order and asked Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs water to Tamil Nadu per day till September 20.

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It had turned down Karnataka’s plea to stop release Cauvery water for five days and rapped the state government for citing public unrest as a ground for seeking a modification of its earlier order to release 15,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu.

The court had again on September 15 pulled up the two state governments for not stopping unruly protests following its September 12 directive to Karnataka.

The court had on September 5 asked Tamil Nadu to approach the Cauvery supervisory committee headed by Union water resources secretary Shashi Shekhar over the issue. Both the states had submitted to the committee data about withdrawal of water, its utilisation, variation in rainfall and its impact on the actual run-off over a period of 29 years in their respective Cauvery basin areas.

Earlier, the committee had failed to arrive at any decision for want of adequate information to be made available by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

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(With inputs from agencies)