Cauvery Dispute Verdict: Karnataka’s Gain Is Tamil Nadu’s Loss

Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have been sparring over Cauvery issue for over two decades.

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Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have been sparring over the Cauvery waters for over two decades.

What the Bench Said in 2017

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud had on 20 September 2017 reserved the verdict on the appeals filed by the three states against the 2007 award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on sharing of water.

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.

9:41 PM , 16 Feb

'Will Do Our Best to Ensure Rights': TN CM E Palaniswami

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami hit out at the Karnataka government on the Cauvery issue, saying that the neighbouring had constructed several dams across the river without any discussion or consultation with the Centre.

“They even increased the area of farming land in the early years”, he alleged.

Palaswami further said that the state government would take announce its action plan after discussion with the concerned experts.

We will do our best to ensure that our rights are restored and the best in the Cauvery issue is done.

Although hailing the Supreme Court’s verdict for clarifying that the Cauvery did not belong to anyone the chief minister expressed his disappointment at the reduction in the water allotment.

We appreciate the fact that SC said that no one was an owner of the resources but everyone has equal rights over a river. Considering the ground water level and reducing the water allotment for Tamil Nadu from 192 TMC to 177.25 TMC is disappointing.
6:54 PM , 16 Feb

Some Relief For Karnataka: Siddaramaiah

After the Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery water dispute allowed Karnataka to retain 14.75 TMC of water, state’s Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said , “We have got some relief, so somewhere we are happy with this verdict.”

The Supreme Court has partially allowed our plea, but we welcome it. The Supreme Court has accepted our argument that Tamil Nadu gets 20 TMC of underground water and the SC has changed the tribunal order on allocation of water for Bengaluru. I don’t believe it is a win or loss for any state, because we are living federal stricture. Though the order is not in accordance with the prayer, we welcome it
6:34 PM , 16 Feb

Rajnikanth Calls SC's Cauvery Verdict Disappointing

Actor and politician Rajnikanth called the Supreme Court’s verdict on Cauvery water dispute ‘disappointing’ saying, it will further affect the livelihood of farmers in Tamil Nadu. He urged the AIADMK government to file a review petition.

4:10 PM , 16 Feb

Puducherry CM Hails SC Verdict

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Friday hailed the 'historic' Supreme Court verdict on sharing of Cauvery water saying it ensured the Union Territory would continue to receive seven TMC for Karaikal region lying at the tail-end of the river basin.

The verdict ensuring continued availability of seven tmcft of water for Karaikal is in line with the award of the Cauvery River Water Dispute Tribunal in 2007 as the allocation remains unchanged."

Stating that the verdict was historic, the Chief Minister said:

The Supreme Court’s pronouncement has come as a big relief to agriculturists in Karaikal, an enclave of Puducherry in the tail-end of the river basin”, as they were battling all these years for water for irrigation.
Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy

Published: 16 Feb 2018, 9:17 AM IST
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