The clash between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu dates back to the British era and perhaps now, the Supreme Court judgement may provide a full stop to the clash between these two states. After looking verdict, the judgement can be called as a huge relief to the Karnataka state. Ahead of the verdict, the Karnataka government had stationed around 8000 police personnel from Mysore to Bangalore. Even the dams were been put on high alert.
In the year 2007, the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) had passed a judgement on sharing of water between the states. But Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala had filed an appeal against the judgement.
What had the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal ordered in 2007?
The Tribunal passed its order on February 5, 2007. Of the 740 thousand million cubic feet (TMC) of water available for utilisation, 419 TMC was awarded to Tamil Nadu, 270 TMC to Karnataka, 30 TMC to Kerala and seven TMC to Puducherry. The remaining 14 TMC was reserved for environmental protection.
The order also stated that Karnataka must release 192 TMC of water in normal monsoon years (June to May) at the rate of 10 TMC in June, 34 TMC in July, 50 TMC in August, 40 TMC in September, 22 TMC in October, 15 TMC in November, 8 TMC in December, 3 TMC in January and 2.5 TMC each month from February to May to the Biligundlu water station in Tamil Nadu.
Highlights of the Supreme Court Verdict!
- The Supreme Court asked Karnataka to provide Tamil Nadu with 177 TMC of Cauvery water. The court also said Karnataka will get 14.75 TMC of additional water.
- The additional 14.75 TMC is a boon to the Karnataka state, especially to the Bangalore city. The top court has allotted 4.75 TMC Cauvery water to ‘global city’ Bengaluru for drinking purpose because Bengaluru is second in a list of 11 cities apart from Cape Town facing the threat of running out of water based on an UN-backed study. This report was published by the BBC.
- The pre-independence agreement is valid. Karnataka gets additional water keeping in mind the water shortage that Bengaluru is facing. A Cauvery Water Management board will be set up and they will have control over water allocation, and not the states, said the Supreme Court.
- The court also said no deviance shall be shown by any state to the order.
- The water share for Kerala and Puducherry remain unchanged.
- No State can claim ownership of a River, said the Supreme Court.
The Cauvery verdict will remain in force for 15 years, after which the Supreme Court will monitor the implementation.
It should be noted that Tamil Nadu was getting water beyond 602 TMC until the 20th century. Mallikarjun Kharge said that Bengaluru is a growing city, hence more water is needed. Without reading the complete judgment, we cannot come to a conclusion. The Supreme Court has kept in mind the need of Bengaluru city. This judgment is satisfactory.
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We should not ignore Karnataka-Tamil Nadu water conflict as South India problem. it is lesson for all India states, lacking Water Conservation System. So, the Cauvery Verdict says – Karnataka should provide 177.2 TMC of water to Tamil Nadu. In 2007 order, 192 TMC was allocated to Tamil Nadu.
We should not ignore Karnataka-Tamil Nadu water conflict as South India problem. it is lesson for all India states, lacking Water Conservation System. So, #CauveryVerdict says – Karnataka should provide 177.2 TMC of water to Tamil Nadu. In 2007 order, 192 TMC was allocated to TN.
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) February 16, 2018