New Delhi: Four days after it directed Karnataka to release 10,000 cusecs of water from Cauvery River to Tamil Nadu; the Supreme Court will take up the issue for hearing on Monday.
The court’s stand on the issue is eagerly awaited by both the sides. Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has described as "arbitrary" the decision of Cauvery Monitoring Committee that his state release 12 tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu and said he will challenge it before the Cauvery River Authority.
"It is an arbitrary decision and without any basis. The Cauvery Monitoring Committee had published a formula that Karnataka should release 6.12 tmcft of water during December under the distress formula," Shettar said.
He said that the CMC had ordered that Karnataka release 12 tmcft of water and insisted this was not acceptable to the state.
"We will be challenging this order before the Cauvery River Authority," he said.
At a meeting of the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) in New Delhi, secretary, water resources DV Singh, who chairs the panel, told representatives of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry that steps "shall" be taken to notify the final award of the tribunal at the earliest "but not later than the end of this month."