SC Cauvery river dispute verdict gives Karnataka more water: Top highlights

SC verdict on Cauvery river dispute: Karnataka to provide 177.25 TMC water to Tamil Nadu instead of 192

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The Supreme Court on Friday reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water and increased Karnataka’s share. It instructed Karnataka to provide 177.25 thousand million cubic feet (TMC) water to Tamil Nadu. Pronouncing its verdict on the decades-old Cauvery water dispute between the neighbouring states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, the apex court said that given the global status of Karnataka’s capital city of Bengaluru, hence it will get more Cauvery river water. Earlier, in accordance with the 2007 award of the Cauvery water dispute tribunal, Karnataka had a share of 270 tmc ft of Cauvery water. This will now increase to 284.75 tmcft. | Today’s Paper

The judgement was pronounced by a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar. Reading out the operative portion of the verdict, the CJI said the 2007 tribunal award of 30 tmcft to Kerala and 7 tmcft water to Puducherry will remain unchanged.

The apex court also allowed Tami Nadu to draw an additional 10 tmcft ‘groundwater’ from a total of 20 tmcft beneath the Cauvery basin. It said the increase in share of Cauvery water for Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft is because of the 10 tmcft groundwater and 4.75 tmcft drinking water requirement for Bengaluru residents.

1. Highlights of SC Cauvery river dispute verdict
* Karnataka to provide 177.25 TMC water to Tamil Nadu instead of 192 TMC * No state can claim ownership over a river * Karnataka to get an additional 14.75 TMC, says Supreme Court
* It said its order on Cauvery water allocation will continue for the next 15 years.

2. Highlights of SC Cauvery river dispute verdict:
* Victory for Karnataka
* There is no change of water allocation for Kerala and Puducherry
* Given the global status of Karnataka’s capital city of Bengaluru, it will get more Cauvery river water

3. Supreme Court said that 20 TMC of groundwater in Tamil Nadu had not been accounted for and needed to be seen.
*TV reports quote the Tamil Nadu government as saying it will study the apex court’s judgment.
* Tamil Nadu will now get 404.25 tmc of Cauvery water instead of 419 tmc allotted by tribunal. However, the court allowed Tami Nadu to draw additional 10 tmc groundwater from a total of 20 tmc beneath Cauvery basin.
* Will react in detail after reading the judgement but prima facie we welcome it: Jagadish Shettar, former CM of Karnataka.

4. Earlier on September 20, 2017, the court had reserved its order on the matter. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and Puducherry had filed petitions seeking modification of Cauvery Tribunal’s final order.
Originally awarded 192 TMC water to Tamil Nadu has been reduced with SC order. 14.75 TMC extra water has been given to Karnataka to provide drinking water to Bengaluru city. We hope that TN govt will take appropriate steps: A Navaneethakrishnan, lawyer for Tamil Nadu. | Readmore

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