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Cauvery controversy: SC directs Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water from tomorrow

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:46 IST

The Supreme Court, on 20 September, directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water every day from 21 September to 27 September. The apex court will hear the case next on 27 September.

In its observation, the apex court also asked the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board within four weeks. The state government told the bench that their people "will have to sacrifice our drinking water for irrigation purposes in Tamil Nadu".

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According to a report in the Times of India, Bengaluru police stepped up security following the verdict. City police commissioner NS Megharikh said, "A total of 40 platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police, 30 City Armed Reserve platoons, six Rapid Action Force squads, three companies of the Seema Suraksha Dal, three Border Security Force platoons and one company each of Central Industrial Security Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police will guard the city."

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The state government has also deployed 15,000 civil police including senior police officers and 2,000 Home Guards. Two Special Weapons and Tactics vehicles, 250 Hoysalas and 400 Cheetah bikes were also added to the security to patrol the city.

The panel had on Monday directed Karnataka to release 3,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from 21 September to 30 September. However, neither state had agreed to the proposal.

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First published: 20 September 2016, 5:28 IST