Cauvery: TN, Karnataka file written submissions in SC

TN and Karnataka submitted their written arguments to the three judge Bench which is hearing a plea by both states challenging the award of the Cauvery waters tribunal.

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New Delhi, Oct 24: Karnataka and Tamil Nadu today filed their written submissions in the Cauvery waters issue before the Supreme Court.

TN and Karnataka submitted their written arguments to the three judge Bench which is hearing a plea by both states challenging the award of the Cauvery waters tribunal.

Cauvery: TN, Kar file written submission

The SC is hearing a plea on whether the appeals are maintainable or not. Tamil Nadu also filed its objections to the report of the Cauvery Waters Technical Committee which had stated that there was scarcity of water in both states.

Earlier the court granted the centre time till Wednesday to file its written submissions in the Cauvery Waters case. The Supreme Court had last week reserved orders on whether the appeal against the Cauvery Waters Tribunal award was maintainable or not.

Read more: Cauvery Row: Keep the water flowing, 2000 cusecs a day, to Tamil Nadu, SC tells Karnataka

The centre had argued that the appeal was not maintainable. It stated that the tribunal's order once published was final and hence both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had to abide by the same.

Karnataka had however contended that the appeal must be heard. Karnataka states that it had filed the appeal against award of the tribunal before the same was published. Hence it the special leave petition is maintainable. Tamil Nadu too had filed an appeal against the tribunal's award.

On the last date of hearing the court directed Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of water daily to Tamil till maintainability of the appeals filed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is decided.

The tribunal in its final award had determined the usable quantum of water of the Cauvery at 740 tmcft. Karnataka is entitled to 270 tmcft, Tamil Nadu to 419 tmcft, Kerala 30 tmcft, Puducherry 7 tmcft and 14 tmcft is meant for environmental purposes, the tribunal had said.

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