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SC asks Karnataka to think on releasing 20-25 TMC Cauvery water

The Supreme Court on Monday said it can consider directing Karnataka to release 20-25 TMC water to Tamil Nadu from Cauvery river.



New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said it can consider directing Karnataka to release 20-25 TMC water to Tamil Nadu from Cauvery river on the basis of a previous order passed by it in similar situation.

A bench of justices DK Jain and Madan B Lokur said the situation in the year 1995 and 2001 were similar and on that basis asked Karnataka to respond on releasing water between 20-25 TMC to Tamil Nadu.

During the hour-long hearing, both the states traded charges and refused to come to any agreement.

The arguments remained unconclusive and will continue tomorrow.

The court is hearing a batch of petitions and application filed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the release of 9,000 cusecs of water daily from Cauvery for the latter.

Tamil Nadu`s counsel and senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan said there was an attempt by Karnataka to delay and defeat the purpose of Tamil Nadu and the crops in the state are going to wither and die due to shortage of water.

He said the state was facing a deficit of 39 TMC of water.

During the earlier hearing on November 26, the court had asked the chief ministers of the two states to meet and arrive at an amicable solution to the "sensitive" Cauvery water dispute.

However, the talks between Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka failed to break the deadlock on the Cauvery water-sharing row.

PTI

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