The Supreme Court modified its order on Cauvery water dispute asking Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs water per day to Tamil Nadu till Sept 20. The government of Karnataka on Sunday moved Supreme Court demanding a direction to restrict the quantum of water to be released from River Cauvery to Tamil Nadu, from 15,000 cusecs to 1,000 cusecs.
Hearing a long-drawn emotive water sharing issue between the two states, the apex court had on September 5 ordered release of 15,000 cusecs of water for 10 days as an immediate relief to Tamil Nadu farmers.
The apex court, however, rejected Karnataka’s plea which sought the abeyance of its original order.
Post the implementation of order, Karnataka has been witnessing violent protest at several places, including the capital city Bengaluru. In the application, Karnataka had stated that there has been huge public pressure and the state police, with great difficulty, have been able to prevent attempts to damage public property.
The contention came in for a rebuke in Supreme Court, which expressed anguish over its “tone and tenor”, saying law & order problem can’t be ground for not complying with its order.
While the court order gave partial relief to Karnataka, the state government is battling testing ground situation with a spike in violence. On Monday, the authorities banned the assembly of large groups in Bengaluru and bus services to Tamil nadu were suspended. Few Tamil Nadu-bound bus services too were targetted by the protesting mob.
Karnataka’s decision to move the Supreme Court came even as the Cauvery Supervisory Committee is meeting on Monday to decide on the quantum of the river’s water to be released to Tamil Nadu and other states.
In its plea filed on Sunday, seeking an urgent hearing, the Karnataka government sought that instead of 10 days, the apex court should restrict the flow of water only for 6 days as the state itself was facing distress situation in view of massive agitation and loss of Rs 500 crore per day.
The application also stated that people, particularly farmers in the districts of Mysuru, Hassan, Mandya and Bengaluru, have been squatting on the roads and streets, affecting the IT industry in Bengaluru which earns revenue as income tax, service tax, and foreign exchange of USD 60 billion to the country.
The application has also referred to inputs from security agencies that said if the flow of water is allowed to continue further, the situation may go out of hand.
(With inputs from the PTI)