- State had claimed deficient rains last year and dams were empty but SC ordered water to TN.
- Now TN says State has released only 16.58 tmc as against the ordered 22.5 tmc and is claiming the balance.
- The bench has asked TN to file an application and assured it would hear the matter.
- TN also objects to Mekedatu, though State CM has already denied it would affect TN.
As has become its practice, Tamil Nadu has approached Supreme Court appealing to order Karnataka to release the balance of six tmc water and SC again has asked TN to file an application and assured it would hear the appeal. Tamil Nadu has complained that Karnataka has not released the obligatory 22.5 tmc as per the Apex Court’s order of October 18, 2016 and released only 16.58 tmc. SC has asked TN lawyers to file an application in this regard.
Last September saw Karnataka and Tamil Nadu engaged in a severe fight over Cauvery water. Despite Karnataka stating that there was acute shortage of rainfall and all dams were empty Tamil Nadu had approached Supreme Court insisting its share of water. The Supreme Court had also favoured Tamil Nadu and ordered the State to release water. Now, Tamil Nadu has yet again approached SC claiming Karnataka has not adhered to SC orders, reports Kannada Prabha.
The Tamil Nadu lawyers presented their plea before Justice Deepak Mishra on Wednesday, complaining that Karnataka had not released 22.5 tmc.
The Supreme Court will hear Cauvery dispute daily from July 11. Various applications filed by Cauvery basin states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and also applications filed questioning the orders of Cauvery Tribunal will come up for hearing from July 11 for a period of one month before justice Deepak Mishra.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu has yet again raised objections to State’s Mekedatu project, even though the State Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has already clarified that Mekedatu project will not affect Tamil Nadu in anyway. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy has written to Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharathi requesting her not to approve Mekedatu project in Karnataka.
He argues that Mekedatu dam is against the Cauvery Tribunal judgement and without obtaining permission from all states in the Cauvery basin, Karnataka cannot implement the project. He has mooted for a Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee to be formed and appealed the Central government not to permit any project in the Cauvery basin in Karnataka.
DMK leader MK Stalin also has protested Mekedatu project and AIADMK has called an all party meeting to take a stand against Mekedatu in Karnataka.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:53 PM