Cauvery Verdict Finally!

Published on 17 Feb 2018 by Tushar

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The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the 2007 Cauvery tribunal award with minor tweaks. It increased Karnataka’s water share from the river by 14.75 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft), considering the very high demand for potable water in Bengaluru city, and lessened Tamil Nadu’s share to the same extent. 

The court left Kerala’s and Puducherry’s shares untouched and said that the arrangement would be in place for 15 years. The court also directed Karnataka, which had refused to release any water downstream at Billigundulu, to release 177.25 tmcft of water annually. 

Rivers are national assets and no state can claim them as its own asset. River water must be shared on an equitable basis among states, a bench led by CJI Dipak Misra and comprising Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar said. 

The dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over sharing Cauvery is several decades’ old. In 2007, an inter-state water disputes tribunal awarded Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry 270, 419, 30 and 7 tmcft water, respectively.

A mechanism to implement this award never took off as the Centre did not set up a mechanism. As a result, both states went back to squabbling on the issue. The case eventually landed up before SC, with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu raising their grievances against th .. 

The Supreme Court’s decision to increase the state’s share of water, and provide special relief to capital Bengaluru is a relief for the senior Congress leader and might just boost his prospects in assembly elections later this year.

“The judgment has partly allowed our appeal and has also taken the groundwater availability in the delta region of Tamil Nadu into consideration. It has also changed the tribunal decision that only one-third of Bengaluru, which comes under the Cauvery basin, should get water,” Siddaramaiah said.

Karnataka irrigation minister MB Patil welcomed the decision but said the state’s demands had only partially been met. “The additional 4.75 thousand million cubic feet of water for Bengaluru will not suffice and we will consult with the legal team on the way forward.”


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