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Cauvery water dispute verdict highlights: Karnataka to get 14.75 TMC additional water; Tamil Nadu to get 177 TMC

The decades-old Cauvery water dispute was decided unanimously by CWDT in 2007, after determining the total availability of water in the Cauvery basin at 740 thousand million cubic (tmc) feet at the Lower Coleroon Anicut site, including 14 tmcft for environmental protection.

FP Staff February 16, 2018 13:30:50 IST
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Cauvery water dispute verdict highlights: Karnataka to get 14.75 TMC additional water; Tamil Nadu to get 177 TMC

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Feb 16, 2018 - 14:11 (IST)

How will the monthly quota of water change

To reproduce how the tribunal dealt with monthly deliveries by the state of Karnataka: Since the major shareholders in the Cauvery water basin region are the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, we order the tentative monthly deliveries during a normal year to be made available by Karnataka at the inter-state contact point, presently identified as Billigundulu gauge and discharge station located on the common border as being:

Month                  TMC                      

June                      10                        

July                       34                          

August                  50                          

September            40                          

October                 22                          

November             15                         

December               8  

January                   3

February              2.5

March                  2.5

April                     2.5

May                      2.5

Total                    192

The quantum of 192 TMC of water comprises 182 TMC from the allocated share of Tamil Nadu, and 10 TMC of water allocated for environmental purposes.

Feb 16, 2018 - 13:43 (IST)

Read: Full text of the Supreme Court judgment on Cauvery dispute:

Full text: Supreme Court judgment on Cauvery water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

Feb 16, 2018 - 13:19 (IST)

BS Yeddyurappa welcomes Supreme Court decision

Feb 16, 2018 - 13:18 (IST)

Kamal Haasan hopes governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu won't play politics with verdict

"The governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu shouldn't play politics over the Cauvery river dispute. It's high time Karnataka and Tamil Nadu behave like one family again and stop fighting. The Cauvery Management Board has to be formed properly, and we must focus on the functioning of this board," Kamal Haasan said after the verdict of the Supreme Court.

Feb 16, 2018 - 13:17 (IST)

Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan has said he's 'shocked' at the Supreme Court's verdict

I am shocked at the reduction of water. But the court has done its due dilligent work and probed the various factors at play. Farmers must now focus on conserving water and making the most of what has been allocated to us.

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:39 (IST)

The troubled waters of the Cauvery

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:00 (IST)

Commuters face inconvenience at Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border

Feb 16, 2018 - 11:51 (IST)

Judgment will benefit Siddaramaiah, hurt BJP in Karnataka polls, says political analyst Harish Ramaswamy

Harish Ramaswamy, political analyst and professor with Karnataka University, has called the Supreme Court judgment positive. “It should be in favour of Congress, because Chief Minister Siddaramaiah refused to budge an inch following the earlier Supreme Court order in 2016. He took a risk in the Legislative Assembly, and said that even if it means contempt of court, he won't give water when people don't have it.

"BJP has consistently flopped this time, in case of Mahadayi and Cauvery. Theirs was a judgemental and leadership error. Politically it’s their loss. If they think only Hindutva will pay them dividends, it is going to be tough. Since it is a pro-farmer verdict, JD(S) will tend to gain. And in the old Mysore region, it will be a close fight for Congress and JD(S)," Ramaswamy said.

— Inputs by Prabhu Mallikarjunan

Feb 16, 2018 - 11:44 (IST)

Siddaramaiah announces Karnataka state Budget

Feb 16, 2018 - 11:43 (IST)

Siddaramaiah says he'll study judgment before offering comment

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, while presenting the state Budget, has spoken about the Supreme Court verdict on the Cauvery water dispute. He has said he'll need to speak with his lawyers and study the judgment before making his remarks.

Latest update, 12.15 pm: Tamil Nadu has called the Supreme Court verdict as being "unfair" for the people of the state, and said it will need to study the judgment in greater detail. However, the DMK has already accused the state government of not "properly handling the case" and called for the resignation of Chief Minister E Palaniswamy.

The Supreme Court has ordered Karnataka to release 177 TMC of water to Tamil Nadu, after saying one state cannot claim ownership over a river. Karnataka will also get 14.75 additional TMC of water, while 4.7 out of this will be for Bengaluru city alone, the court has held.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across Tamil Nadu and Karnataka ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict on the Cauvery water dispute between the two states. In Bengaluru, 15,000 policemen have been deployed to maintain peace, while state transport buses aren't plying between the two states.

The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce on Friday its verdict on the decades-old Cauvery water dispute between riparian south Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud had on 20 September last year reserved the verdict on the appeals filed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala against the 2007 award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on sharing of water.

Cauvery water dispute verdict highlights Karnataka to get 1475 TMC additional water Tamil Nadu to get 177 TMC

File image of Supreme Court of India. AP

The decades-old Cauvery water dispute was decided unanimously by CWDT in 2007, after determining the total availability of water in the Cauvery basin at 740 thousand million cubic feet at the Lower Coleroon Anicut site, including 14 thousand million cubic feet for environmental protection.

The final award makes a yearly allocation of 419 thousand million cubic feet to Tamil Nadu in the entire Cauvery basin, 270 thousand million cubic feet to Karnataka, 30 thousand million cubic feet to Kerala and 7 thousand million cubic feet to Puducherry.

The top court had earlier clarified that any other forum could touch the matter relating to the Cauvery river basin only after it gives its verdict.

The apex court had in January said the verdict would be pronounced within a month, adding that the matter has already created enough confusion for decades.

The top court during the course of pendency of appeals of the neighbouring states against the arbitral award of 2007, had passed several orders directing Karnataka to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

On 30 September, 2016, the Supreme Court had pulled up Karnataka for its repeated "defiance" in flouting its orders for releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu and said no one would know when the "wrath of the law" would fall on it.

Later, Karnataka had moved a review petition in the apex court against its three orders on on the issue and direction to the Centre to create the Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB), saying "grave miscarriage of justice" had been caused to it following the three apex court orders of 20, 27 and 30 September, by which it was directed to release water.

Tamil Nadu had earliar also alleged that Kerala was drawing water in excess of what has been allocated to it by the tribunal.

The apex court had on 9 December, 2016 upheld the maintainability of appeals filed by the riparian states saying it has the "jurisdiction to decide the parameters, scope, authority and jurisdiction of the tribunal".

The court had rejected the Centre's objection that the CWDT award amounted to a final decree and it had no jurisdiction to hear the appeals against the award.

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