New Delhi: Karnataka told the Supreme Court on January 29 that it couldnot spare any more water for Tamil Nadu as it would affect the water needs of its own people.
Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said the government had filed a review petition in the Supreme Court on its recent directive and challenged the Cauvery Monitoring Committee order relating to the water release issue.
“We don’t say that their (Tamil Nadu) irrigation has not suffered. It is suffering. Ours is also suffering. But that is a different issue. Here we are talking of drinking water,” senior counsel Fali Nariman, appearing for Karnataka, told judges R.M. Lodha and J. Chelameswar.
As Karnataka appeared unrelenting on releasing more water as sought by Tamil Nadu, senior counsel C.S. Vaidyanathan, appearing for Tamil Nadu, told the court that “their (Karnataka’s) intention is not to give anything. My people will go without water.”
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 Sepember 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.