Apex court refuses to hear TN plea on Cauvery

Apex court refuses to hear TN plea on Cauvery

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear a plea of the Tamil Nadu Government that the Karnataka Government was drawing extra water from Cauvery basin reservoirs.

C S Vaidyanathan, counsel for Tamil Nadu government, sought a direction from the Bench of Justices D K Jain and A R Dave for listing the application of the state government for hearing.

The application sought direction to restrain Karnataka from resorting to summer irrigation or drawing water from the four main reservoirs such as Krishnaraja Sagar, Kabini, Hemavathy and Harangi during summer for irrigation. He also said that Karnataka has already drawn 29 tmc feet of water and if it continues to draw during summer, no carryover storage will be left in its reservoir.   

However, Karnataka Counsel F S Nariman said that as per the final order of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal, Karnataka has to ensure that 192 tmc feet of water should flow to Tamil Nadu at Biligundlu measurement point.

Nariman, however, argued that there was no restriction either on the area of irrigation or on the summer irrigation. Karnataka has all rights to utilise the entire water available in the basin after meeting 192 tmc feet requirement at Biligundlu in a normal year, he said. The court asked Vaidyanathan to mention the matter on April 23.

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