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SC reserves order on Cauvery river water-sharing dispute

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 Sep 2017 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Sept 20: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order on a batch of cross petitions by Kartaka, Tamil du, Kerala, and Puducherry challenging the 2007 Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribul award.

However, during the course of the hearing, the court made it clear that the Centre will have to frame a scheme for the implementation of its orders on river water-sharing between these states and Puducherry after the judgement is pronounced.

Reserving the order, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy, and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar asked the parties involved to submit written submissions on various aspects of the issue that had emerged during the course of hearing on 29 days spread over eight months.

The issues on which written notes would be submitted to the court include the question of law by Kartaka, opposition to the proposition of question of law by Tamil du, significant aspects of the 2007 award and the principles invoked by the tribul, the genesis of the issues and other dimensions. Soon after the Cauvery award in 2007, both Tamil du and Kartaka had approached the top court to challenge it.

The hearing saw Kartaka telling the top court that the 1924 agreement between the then British province of Madras and the princely state of Mysore could not be the basis of sharing of Cauvery river water between the present-day Kartaka and Tamil du and that the present-day needs must be taken into account.

Kartaka said the tribul in 2007 decided on water sharing on the basis of 1890 and 1924 agreements without determining the equitable share and its apportionment. (IANS)

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