Now, Puducherry moves SC for 7 tmcft Cauvery water

Now, Puducherry moves SC  for 7 tmcft Cauvery water

Puducherry on Tuesday approached the Supreme Court seeking direction to Karnataka to release immediately at least 57 tmcft of water at Billigundlu reservoir, to receive its share of at least 7 tmc ft of water from Tamil Nadu to save the standing crops in Karaikal region.

The union territory, which identified itself as Pondicherry in an application, contended that Karnataka denied the share of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry without any compunction, despite receiving copious rainfall in 2016. 

‘K’taka flouting directions’
Karnataka was, with impunity, flouting the directions of the supervisory committee and denying the allotted share of the Cauvery river water to the lower riparians, it said.

“Karnataka did not care to give the minimum requirement for Tamil Nadu as well as Pondicherry. So far as Pondicherry is concerned, their standing crop of paddy is now perishing,” it maintained. 

Supporting Tamil Nadu's plea for 50 tmcft of Cauvery water for its samba crops, the union territory claimed that during the agricultural year, Karaikal region did not receive any water from Tamil Nadu, since they could not provide it.

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