Legal Correspondent

New Delhi: The Kerala Government on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking an interim stay on the implementation of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal's final award. The State also filed an application before the tribunal seeking clarification of the award.

In a special leave petition (SLP), the State contended that the effect of the February 5 award was to effectively put a moratorium on the present and future growth and use of water by Kerala from its own basins. It said: "present projects have been stultified and no scope has been left for the future."

It said the "grant of 30 tmcft of water to Kerala is entirely illusory if one takes into account that the State has very generously given 31.3 tmcft of water to the Cauvery basin area in the State of Tamil Nadu from its own basin. If this is factored into consideration, the net award to the State of Kerala is -1.3 timcft, if equities are worked out on a State-wise basis."

The SLP sought stay of the implementation of the award.

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