Release Cauvery water to TN: SC

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 05, 2012 15:00 hrs

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered Karnataka to release 10,000 cusecs of water from Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu.

The apex court directed Karnataka to release the water everyday till Dec 10.

The court asked the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) to meet on Thursday or Friday to take a decision on water requirements of the two South Indian states.

The apex court´s order will continue till the CMC files its report on the matter.

The case will be next heard on Dec 10.

The Supreme Court on Monday said it could consider directing Karnataka to release 20-25 thousand million cubic feet (TMC) water to Tamil Nadu from Cauvery river based on a precedent.

The court was hearing Tamil Nadu´s petition for immediate release of water from River Cauvery from Karnataka.

The two sides exchanged charges during an hour-long hearing and refused to come to any agreement.

Earlier, a meeting between Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her Karnataka counterpart Jagadish Shettar in Bangalore to discuss the long-standing Cauvery water dispute failed last Thursday.

Jayalalithaa said the Karnataka government had refused to give water to Tamil Nadu.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Jayalalithaa said: "Karnataka flatly refused to release any water to Tamil Nadu."

"We will go before the Supreme Court and tell them the outcome of the meeting," she said.

The meeting occurred in the wake of the Supreme Court´s direction last Monday that asked both the Chief Ministers to meet and attempt to solve the problem in the larger interest of the farmers of both states.

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