Cauvery dispute: Karnataka responds to Tamil Nadu’s plea in SC

Tamil Nadu on Monday said Karnataka could “easily spare” 4 tmc ft. for May, to which Karnataka retaliated by saying that it has already released 116.697 tmc ft. to Tamil Nadu at the inter-State Bilingundlu border despite this being a distress year for the third consecutive year.

filing a counter within hours, Karnataka government was firm in its accusation when it said that Tamil Nadu had received an excess of 16.66 tmc ft. Water had been released as per the measurements of the Central Water Commission and that Tamil Nadu’s share at the end of April 2018 at the inter-State border worked out to 100.04 tmc ft.

Previously, a bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra brushed aside Karnataka’s objections that it had already released excess water to its neighbour and warned the state of contempt action should it fail to release at least 4 tmc feet of water to Tamil Nadu for the months of April and May by Monday. The order came after the Tamil Nadu government through senior advocate Shekhar Naphade accused the centre of delaying framing of a scheme because of impending assembly elections in Karnataka.

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