The Supreme Court during a hearing has asked Karnataka to release at least 2 tmc of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu or “face serious consequences.”
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra also pulled up the central government for not framing the water distribution scheme till date, and observed that elections in Karnataka cannot be cited as a reason for delay.
While asking the Centre to apprise the court of steps it has taken so far, the bench asked the Karnataka government to come back on Tuesday with a categorical statement on how much water it will release for Tamil Nadu.
Attorney general K K Venugopal told the court that the scheme has to be approved by the Cabinet which could not meet because of non-availability of PM, who after returning from his foreign visits is busy with campaigning for the upcoming Karnataka elections.
According to Tamil Nadu, it required 2.5 TMC water each for the months of April and May.