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Cauvery Water Dispute: SC reduces Tamil Nadu’s share of water

Cauvery Water Dispute: SC reduces Tamil Nadu’s share of water

The recent developments in Cauvery dispute case have antagonized people from Tamil Nadu. As per the recent Supreme Court rulings; Tamil Nadu’s quota of water share has been reduced by 14.75 tmcft. On the other hand, Karnataka’s share was increased to meet Bengaluru’s drinking water needs. The other concerning states Puducherry and Kerala’s share remains unchanged.

Drinking water has to be kept on the highest priority, according to verdict of SC. The new order will be valid for 15 years.

Dispute:

The Cauvery River originates in Karnataka and flows into Tamil Nadu and reaches the Bay of Bengal at Poomphuar. It runs through three states – Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, and Pondicherry. Initially, the dispute arose between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for water sharing, but later Pondicherry and Kerala also joined the fray.

The issue first surfaced in 1892 when an agreement was filed between Madras Presidency and Mysore for arbitration. Further, a second agreement was signed between the two states in 1924. The 1924 agreement provided both the states the Right to Use to use the water of Cauvery. However, differences emerged due to Madras objection to the construction of the Krishnarajasagar dam. The agreement made it clear that water should be distributed as 75% with TN and Puducherry, 23% to Karnataka and remaining to go to Kerala. This arrangement restricted the water supply and it became the bone of contention in the future.

The post-independence period also witnessed the continuance of the issue. Karnataka claimed that the agreement was meant for 50 years and they argued that now it should be discontinued in 1974. Tamil Nadu opposed it.

Owing to Tamil Nadu government’s appeal to the Central government in 1986 to constitute a tribunal for solving the issue under Inter-State Water Disputes Act, 1956, the Cauvery Waters Tribunal was established on June, 2, 1990.

In 2007, after sixteen years of hearing and an interim order later, the Tribunal announced its final order. It concluded that the water availability in Cauvery stood at 740 tmc ft, Tamil Nadu would be allocated 419 tmc ft water (56.62%) and Karnataka 270 tmc ft. (36.48%). Kerala was given 30 tmc ft (4.05%) and Puducherry 7 tmc ft (0.94%). However, both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka filed a review petition before the Tribunal.

The recent judgment will further create a tensed environment between the TN and Karnataka.

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