Amid protests over the Supreme Court’s order on Cauvery River, the Karnataka government has released water to Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.
Hundreds of protesters at Mandya blocked traffic for the second day against the court are ruling that Karnataka should release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. While making announcement about release of water, government said it “inevitable” for it to comply with the Supreme Court order even though the state itself was facing “serious distress”.
State government said that, it will move the Supreme Court seeking modification of its order to spare 15,000 cusecs of water for 10 days because of the difficulties in implementing it given that the live storage in four reservoirs in the Cauvery basin now was 46.7 TMC ft against their capacity of 104 TMC ft.
“It is inevitable for Karnataka to comply with the Supreme Court order in the interest of the state. Constitutionally, it is not possible to defy it,” said a government source.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who authorised the release of water after an all party meet said that the decision to obey the Supreme Court order has been taken with “a heavy heart” even though the state itself faced “severe distress”.
The legal and technical teams of Karnataka would work out the extent of change that the state should seek in the quantum of water release stipulated in the Supreme Court direction which asked Karnataka to provide 15,000 cusecs for 10 days.
The Cauvery Supervisory Committee, which has replaced the Cauvery River Authority to implement the order of the tribunal, would also be apprised of the difficulties.
Sources said the Supervisory Committee would visit both the riparian states to assess the “ground realities” and can adjust the current release of water against future releases.
Fending off the criticism of the legal team headed by Fali Nariman, the sources defended it, stating their advice on release was made so that the state succeeds when the main petition comes up for hearing before the court on October 18.