Water deficit in Tamil Nadu: Supreme Court urges Karnataka govt to ‘Live And Let Live’


New Delhi: Taking cognisance of the water deficit incurred by Tamil Nadu in the previous three months consecutively, the Supreme Court on Friday urged Karnataka to embrace the principle of "live and let live." The court also asked Karnataka to inform it on Monday how much water it can release to Tamil Nadu.

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"Both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu should maintain harmony in the water dispute," said the court. Farmers in Tamil Nadu are protesting against Karnataka for not releasing water despite a court-appointed tribunal ordering it.

"When there is deficit in the release of water some attempts have to be made by Karnataka so that Tamil Nadu can survive as an entity," said the judges today.

After Tamil Nadu went to the court saying it had received less water than what it had been promised, Karnataka argued that there is no water in its reservoirs. The court said: "You can't say you are not bothered about the Tribunal's (decision). If the tribunal determined the formula, how can you get away from it?"

According to the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal decision, Karnataka has an obligation to deliver 192 thousand million cubic feet of water to Tamil Nadu every year. However, this year Karnataka has failed to even meet its monthly quotas. Tamil Nadu wants the release of at least 25 thousand million cubic feet of water by Karnataka immediately.

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