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Feb 04, 2013 at 04:59pm IST

Cauvery water sharing row: SC tells Karnataka to release more water to Tamil Nadu

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed Karnataka to release 2 tmc feet of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court has also slammed the Centre for not notifying the order given by the Cauvery Water Tribunal five years ago.

It has now directed the Centre to notify the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal award by February 20. In the last hearing the apex court refrained from passing any fresh orders after Tamil Nadu and Karnataka failed to reach a consensus on sharing water.

Earlier on January 30, Karnataka had told the Supreme Court that it cannot spare any more water for Tamil Nadu as it would affect the water needs of its own people.

The court was hearing cross petitions by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka rooted in the September 19, 2012 interim order of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) directing Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu every day till October 15, 2012.

The apex court had on September 28 pulled up Karnataka for not complying with the direction of CRA, which is headed by the prime minister.

With both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu not budging from their positions, Justice Lodha suggested that the matter be referred to CRA to look into the Cauvery Monitoring Committee's decision on release of water.

"An order was passed by CMC. You are aggrieved with it. You can go before CRA, and if you are still not satisfied, then you can come to us. That is the logical course to follow," Justice Lodha told Vaidyanathan.

As Vaidyanathan resisted the suggestion, Justice Lodha adjourned the hearing: "Let it then come on February 4" when the case is listed for hearing.

(With additional information from IANS)