15,000 cusecs of water per day be released by the State of Karnataka for ten days to sustain the crops in the State of Tamil Nadu

Supreme Court: In the matter relating to the Cauvery Water Disputes, the bench of Dipak Misra and Uday U. Lalit, JJ gave the below mentioned directions:

(a) The State of Tamil Nadu, shall approach the Supervisory Committee within three days from the date of this order and the response, if any, by the State of Karnataka be filed within three days therefrom.

(b) The Supervisory Committee shall pass appropriate direction in this regard within four days from the date of filing of the reference keeping in view the language employed in the final order of the Tribunal. Be it clarified, the Supervisory Committee is bound by the language used in the order passed by the Tribunal.

(c) As far as the sustenance of the crops and interest of the farmers in the State of Tamil Nadu is concerned, instead of 10,000¹ cusecs of water per day, 15,000¹ cusecs of water per day be released at Biligundulu by the State of Karnataka for ten days.

(d) The State of Tamil Nadu is also directed to release water proportionately to the Union Territory of Puducherry.

It was alleged by the State of Tamil Nadu that the State of Karnataka has not been complying with the directions given by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in the final order and there has been flagrant violation of the same. It was also urged that if the water is not released by the State of Karnataka, the ‘samba’ crops will be absolutely damaged, which will lead to an unacceptable plight to be faced by the farmers of the State of Tamil Nadu. [State of Tamil Nadu v. State of Karnataka, 2016 SCC OnLine SC 902, order dated 05.09.2016]

¹Order dated 05.09.2016 corrected vide State of T.N. v. State of Karnataka, I.A. No.10 of 2016 in Civil Appeal No.2456 of 2007 decided on 06.09.2016

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