In a shock to Karnataka, the two-member bench of the Supreme Court has directed the state to release 6,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu from September 21 to 27.

 

After hearing the arguments of both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the SC bench once again gave its order in support of Tamil Nadu. It has directed Karnataka to release 42,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for seven days from September 21.

 

The Court has allowed both states to file objections to the Cauvery Supervisory Committee report in three days.

 

The Supreme Court also directed the Centre to constitute a Cauvery Management Board to find a solution to the Cauvery water-sharing problem. It asked the Centre to give a report on forming the Board within four weeks.

 

The next hearing on the water sharing issue will be held on September 27.

 

The Cauvery Supervisory Committee had on Monday directed Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs of water per day for ten days from September 21 for a total of 30,000 cusecs. 

 

Karnataka had objected to the Committee order and had decided to go to the Supreme Court against this order.

 

But the Court’s order to release 6,000 cusecs of water per day for seven days has sent shockwaves through Karnataka. Various Kannadiga leaders and groups have already begun to protest against the decision.

 

As said earlier, Karnataka will announce its decision regarding releasing water to Tamil Nadu after conducting an emergency Cabinet meeting. 

 

Farmers intensify protests 

 

Farmers of Mysuru, Mandya and Malavalli, have intensified their protests against the Supreme Court order. 

 

The farmers are blocking the Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway in Mandya. 

 

Slogans are being raised against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Water Resource Minister MB Patil. Large groups have also gathered in Srirangapatna town to stage protests.

 

Police had yesterday imposed prohibitory orders (Section 144) in these regions as a precautionary measure. The sale of liquor is also banned in these districts.