The State government of Karnataka today went to the top court to allocate a bench to look at a petition regarding the issue among the state’s neighbouring Karnataka; Maharashtra, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh on the proper distribution of water from River Krishna.
The Bench headed by CJI NV Ramana and comprising Justices AS Bopanna and Hima Kohli noted that they will consider allocating a bench for this plea.
Senior advocate Shyam Divan, on behalf of State Government of Karnataka, said that the issue for forming of the bench after bench of Justice DY Chandrachud, who’s from the state of maharashtra, and Justice AS Bopanna who’s native of Karnataka state, had on 10th January relieved from the case. after observing this CJI told “we will look into this”.
CJI also asked if the parties can cordially settle the issue. Divan answered that the main dispute would need adjudication from the court itself and some of the subsidiary matters may be settled.
The present case is of the distribution of water of the river Krishna, which passes in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.
The Top court hearing had seen strong conflicts among the States, with Telangana state mentioning that there were no figures received from the state of Karnataka from the last fourteen years reagent how much Krishna River water it had sidetracked.
Subsequently, Karnataka state also strongly argues that tons of water from Krishna was going to waste, “a lot of water going into the ocean” and there's a need to stop water for farming and to replenish dry regions in the state.