Refusing the Government iof Tamil Nadu's plea of seeking a release of twelve thousand million cubic (TMC) of Cauvery waters, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Government of Karnataka to release 2.44 TMC to the neighbouring state.
The apex court has increased the amount of water by 0.44 TMC after three days of its order to release 2 TMC water, following the recommendation of the Central Water Commission (CWC).
After going through the report submitted by a CWC expert committee, which said that only 10 per cent of cultivated land in Tamil Nadu needs water, a bench comprising Justices J. Chelameswar and Madan B. Lokur and headed by Justice R. M. Lodha directed Karnataka to release the water immediately.
The committee said that 50 per cent of the arable land has already been cultivated and 40 per cent is on the verge of being cultivated and only the remaining 10 per cent requires water.
The court had also asked the CWC to form a three-member expert body, which will visit the states and directed it to file a report within two days.
Last month, the Cauvery Monitoring Committee had said that since current storage level in Karnataka was sufficient only to meet the state's drinking water requirements, it was not in a position to release water to Tamil Nadu. (ANI)