New Delhi : A new Supreme Court Bench set up to hear the Cauvery water sharing dispute de novo on Tuesday asked both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to maintain peace and not allow people become law on to themselves and decided to hear the issues over the dispute from Wednesday.
The Bench of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar also directed Karnataka to follow the previous Bench’s October 4, order to continue to supply 2,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu every day till further orders.
Earlier, the Bench of Justices Misra and Uday Umesh Lalit was handling the case. The new Bench took into consideration the report prepared by a Centre-appointed high-level technical team on the court’s instructions to look into the ground reality in the Cauvery river basin.
The team had found that both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu faced water shortage. The Centre-appointed team also said that 42 of the
48 taluks in the river basin in Karnataka were drought-affected. The panel had inspected the Krishnaraja Sagar and the Kabini dams in Karnataka and the Mettur and Bhavani Sagar dams in Tamil Nadu between October 7 and 15. Members of the team – headed by Central Water Commission (CWC) chairman GS Jha and formed by the Ministry of Water Resources – spoke with officials of local Public Works Departments and
farmers in Tamil Nadu”s Tiruvarur, Thanjavur and Nagapattinam.