Cauvery issue: SC tells Karnataka, Release 2,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till further orders


Chennai: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Karnataka government to keep releasing 2,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu till further orders. The top court directed both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to maintain peace and harmony in their states.

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On Monday, a high-level panel suggested doing away with "outdated and unscientific water application techniques" to resolve the Cauvery wrangle, saying both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were facing water shortage, creating unemployment and financial hardship for the people.

The apex court-appointed Supervisory Committee, formed to inspect Cauvery basin to assess the ground realities in the region, said the neighbouring riparian states needed to appreciate interest of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to protect their established irrigation and Karnataka's aspirations for development and educate their people accordingly.

The 9-member committee in its 40-page report has noted that farmers in both states were in severe distress and adequate crop compensation must be provided to them.