Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Cauvery water dispute: Advantage Karnataka as SC reduces Tamil Nadu's share

Cauvery water dispute: Advantage Karnataka as SC reduces Tamil Nadu's share

Supreme Court verdict further added,"20 TMC of groundwater in Tamil Nadu had not been accounted for and needed to be seen". The water sharing dispute has been going on for 22 years now. The SC verdict pronounced that 177.25 TMC of Cauvery water will be released for Tamil Nadu instead of 192 TMC and Karnataka will get an additional share of 14.75 TMC. Under this verdict, Tamil Nadu was allowed around 419 billion cubic feet of water, Kartanaka 270 billion cubic feet and Kerala, 30 billion cubic feet.

The Centre had notified the tribunal's award in 2013.

1892 First agreement between the Composite Madras Presidency and the princely State of Mysore on allocation of water. "No one riparian State can claim full rights over it", the Bench said while delivering its verdict.

This is 14.75 tmc ft less than the originally allocated amount of 192 tmcft to Tamil Nadu. Karnataka is one among the 5 states where the Congress is in power and the only large state apart from Punjab where it holds the reins. Tamil Nadu's AIADMK was careful in commenting on the decrease of allocation and said that it had to study the court's order deeply before commenting.

Karnataka wants Tamil Nadu's share to be slashed by half while Tamil Nadu wants its share to be increased to 325 TMC water.

Seeking to put in place a mechanism for the effective implementation of the Cauvery award including Cauvery Management Board, Tamil Nadu had, however, resisted the suggestion that the issue of framing a scheme for setting up of such a board be left to the wisdom of Parliament.

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The 765-km-long Cauvery river originates in Kodagu district's Talacauvery in Karnataka and flows through Haasan, Mandya, and Mysuru districts before entering Dharmpauri, Erode, and Dharmapuri, Erode, Karur, Trichy, Cuddalore, Pudukottai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and other districts in Tamil Nadu.

Navneeth Krishnan, counsel for TN state said that TN government would study the judgement and take appropriate steps.

Its waters - fed by India's annual June to September monsoon rains - irrigate crops and provide drinking supplies for both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The order is still to be uploaded on the official website of the Supreme Court.

Even as both the states expect that the verdict will be in their favour, it is expected that the litigation might come to an end on Friday.

July 1993: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa goes on a sudden fast at the MGR memorial in Chennai demanding the Tamil Nadu's share of water as stipulated by the interim order.

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