SC to hear TN Cauvery plea on Monday

The Supreme Court has said it will hear Tamil Nadu’s plea on the release of at least 30 tmcft of Cauvery waters by Karnataka on Monday.

A bench of justices D K Jain and Madan B Lokur told counsels representing the two States to submit documents in support of their arguments.

The bench gave senior advocates C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for Tamil Nadu, and Anil Divan, representing Karnataka, time till Saturday to submit the documents.

Before adjourning the matter to Monday, the court asked Vaidyanathan about the “minimum” quantity of water required by Tamil Nadu to save its samba crop. Vaidyanathan said Tamil Nadu requires at least 30 tmcft of water between December 1 and 15.

In response to a similar query, Divan said: “Karnataka itself requires 78 tmcft of water, while the storage is only to the extent of 57 tmcft.”

Opening the arguments, Vaidyanathan submitted that no progress in resolving the water dispute was made in the meeting between Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha and her Karnataka counterpart Jagdish Shettar.

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