The Supreme Court bench, comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Abhay Manohar Sapre, on November 8, framed issues in the ongoing dispute over sharing of water in Neyyar river between Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The river flows from the Agastya Mala hills in of Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala.
While Tamil Nadu claims Neyyar is an inter-State river, Kerala denies it. According to Kerala, Tamil Nadu never raised such a claim either in 1959 when the Neyyar Dam was partially commissioned, or in the water sharing agreement prepared by it in 1971. Neyyar, which has a total length of 56 km originates in the State and flows within the territory of the State. The 497-km-long catchment area of the river also lies exclusively in the State.
Tamil Nadu filed the Original Suit against Kerala in the matter in 2012, and the case has been pending in the Supreme Court since then.
The Supreme Court, on November 8, has framed the following issues:
The matter will be listed for hearing on December 5.
Read the order here.