New Delhi: With talks between chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka failing to break the deadlock on the Cauvery water-sharing row, the apex court on Friday decided to hear both the states on Monday and asked them to place before it the undisputable documents on the issue.
"We request counsel for both states to file small compilation of all documents on which counsel for both sides wish to rely," a bench comprising Justice DK Jain and Justice Madan B Lokur said asking them to file the compilation by tomorrow. "We will confine the hearing to those documents," it said.
At the outset, Tamil Nadu's counsel and senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan, said that no progress was made following the yesterday's meeting between Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and her Karnataka counterpart Jagadish Shettar.
He said there was an attempt on the part of Karnataka to delay and defeat the purpose of Tamil Nadu and the crops in the state for this season are going to wither and die due to shortage of water. The counsel said one TMC of water is being depleted by Karnataka every day when the state was facing the deficit of 39 TMC of water and it is the apex court which has been the only saviour for Tamil Nadu since 1983.
During the hearing, Tamil Nadu told the bench that it required at least 30 TMC of water for 14 days from December 1 to 15 while Karnataka's counsel and senior advocate Anil Divan said there was a need of 78 TMC of water for the state for the same period.
He said Karnataka has the storage facility of only 70 TMC and 8 TMC less than the required.
The Tamil Nadu government said shortage of water has led to the suicide of farmers in the state and some solution was urgently needed.