NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a Karnataka government plea seeking review of its September 20, 2016 order asking it to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till September 27, as the plea has become infructuous following several orders were passed later.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit rejected the review plea. On October 1, 2016, the apex court had directed the State to release 6,000 cusecs of water till October 6 and asked the Centre to constitute a board to manage the dispute till October 4.
Karnataka then approached the apex court challenging the three orders, stating that releasing water from reservoirs would cause irreparable injury to the state. During the brief hearing, senior counsel Shekhar Naphade, appearing for TN government, raised the issue of severe drinking water crisis in the coastal state and alleged that Karnataka is not fulfilling its obligations.
“We are having severe drinking water problem and Karnataka is not helping,” he said.
The apex court had on March 21 said that all interim orders of releasing 2,000 cusecs of water by Karnataka will continue to be in force till further orders and fixed the hearing from July 11 onwards on appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala against the 2007 award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT).