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Release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to TN, apex court tells Karnataka

September 05, 2016 02:00 pm | Updated November 01, 2016 07:36 pm IST

File photo of Krishnaraja Sagar dam.

File photo of Krishnaraja Sagar dam.

The Supreme Court, on Monday, directed the Karnataka government to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days to ameliorate the plight of farmers.

Noting that the samba crops in Tamil Nadu would be adversely affected, a Bench — comprising Justices Dipak Misra and U.U. Lalit — directed Karnataka to ensure supply of water to Tamil Nadu.

The apex court also directed Tamil Nadu to approach the supervisory committee within three days for the release of Cauvery water as per the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal’s (CWDT).

The Supreme Court also asked the Committee to decide on Tamil Nadu’s plea in ten days.

“We think it’s appropriate to direct Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day for ten days,” the Bench said, while also directing Tamil Nadu to release water to Puducherry appropriately as per its interim arrangement.

“We think it’s appropriate to direct Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day for ten days,” the bench said, while also directing Tamil Nadu to release water to Puducherry appropriately as per its interim arrangement.

In a recent plea, Tamil Nadu had sought a direction to Karnataka to release 50.52 tmc feet of Cauvery water to save 40,000 acres of samba crops this season.

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