‘T.N failed to maintain Cauvery water quality’

Karnataka says it cannot be blamed
Karnataka on Monday blamed Tamil Nadu in the Supreme Court for “failing to maintain the quality in the Cauvery river.”
“The pollution is highest in the stretch below Mettur and up to Mayiladuthurai, which is the heart of irrigation in Tamil Nadu. The State of Karnataka, therefore, cannot be blamed for polluted water in Tamil Nadu both in the Cauvery and Thenpennaiyar,” it said. Karnataka’s affidavit was handed over by State counsel V.N. Reghupathy to a Bench led by Justice S.A. Bobde. Tamil Nadu has sought two weeks’ time to respond. Karnataka was replying to a suit filed by Tamil Nadu in 2015, seeking permanent injunction against the former “from letting the untreated sewage and industrial effluents into the rivers Cauvery and Pennaiyar without treating them in conformity with prescribed standards.” It denied the allegations levelled against it by Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka submitted that the failure to conform to the prescribed standards was due to the non-point sources of pollution, which are over land flows of effluents into the river. “The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act of 1974 enacted by Parliament under Article 252(1) deal only with point sources of pollution. The State of Karnataka has fulfilled its obligation… there is no liability on the defendant State of Karnataka in law,” the affidavit said.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tn-failed-to-maintain-cauvery-water-quality/article24684021.ece

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