Representational image of water dam.
Representational image of water dam.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Karnataka government to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery river water in a day to Tamil Nadu till further orders.

The new bench, which was set up to hear all issues related to the water-sharing dispute all over again, urged both the states to ensure that peace and harmony is maintained, news agencies reported. The matter was adjourned till Wednesday, October 19.

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On October 4, the Supreme Court had directed Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of water from the river to Tamil Nadu every day from October 7 to 18. The very next day, the Centre had set up a high-level technical team on the court’s instructions to look into the ground reality in the Cauvery river basin.

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The Cauvery water-sharing dispute became a big issue after the Supreme Court, on September 5, directed Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu. It later modified its verdict and reduced the quantity to 12,000 cusecs, but the order led to widespread protests by farmers in Karnataka, who had argued that the state needed the water more than its neighbour. While Karnataka had earlier defied Supreme Court orders and decided against releasing water to Tamil Nadu, it released 6,000 cusecs of water to the neighbouring state late on October 3.