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Cauvery verdict Highlights: Karnataka rejoices, Tamil Nadu CM says order unfair

The Supreme Court also said the increase in share of Cauvery water for Karnataka is because of groundwater and drinking water requirement for Bengaluru residents. Here are the live updates on the SC verdict: 

india Updated: Feb 16, 2018 23:39 IST
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Karnataka activists celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict on the Cauvery water dispute, in Bengaluru on February 16, 2018. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Delivering its verdict on the decades-long Cauvery water dispute on Friday, the Supreme Court increased Karnataka’s share of water and directed the state to release 177.25 tmc to Tamil Nadu.

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had approached the Supreme Court after the Cauvery River Water Dispute Tribunal, in 2007, awarded yearly allocation of 419 thousand million cubic feet of water in the entire Cauvery basin to Tamil Nadu, 270 tmc to Karnataka, 30 tmc to Kerala and 7 tmc to Puducherry.

The dispute dates back to the Madras-Mysore agreements of 1924. It was in 1990 when the Centre created a tribunal to examine the conflict and address the water shortage.

All you need to know about the Cauvery water dispute

Here are the live updates: 

9:37pm: Palaniswami says: “We appreciate the fact that SC said 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.”

“We will initiate a detailed discussion with experts on the judgement and then announce its next action plan. We will do our best to ensure that our rights are restored and the best in the Cauvery issue is done,” says Tamil Nadu CM.

9.35pm: Without any discussion or consultation with the central government, many actions were taken to construct dams by Karnataka. They even increased the area of the farming land in the early years, says Palaniswami.

9:34pm: Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami says reduction of water share for Tamil Nadu is very disappointing and it is unfair to take into account the ground water level of Tamil Nadu to decide the quantum of water. “The order on formation of water management board is a welcome development, it is something that Amma was fighting for, for a long time.”

8:05pm: Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah says that though the verdict is not as per the state’s appeal, he is happy with it as “we have got some relief”.

7:38pm: Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam says government will work towards getting apportioned share of Cauvery.

“The government will diligently work to bring the 177.25 tmcft, apportioned by the Supreme Court to Tamil Nadu, to the farmers and the people,” he says.

6:28pm: Cauvery verdict is disappointing as it will further affect the livelihood of farmers. The Tamil Nadu government should take steps to file a review petition, says superstar Rajinikanth.

4:30pm: Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy hails the verdict for not changing water allocation to the Union Territory – 7tmcft.

“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,” he said.

3pm: Security has been stepped up in Karnataka, including capital Bengaluru, Mandya, Mysuru and Chamarajanagar to maintain law and order in view of the verdict.

1:50pm: Union minister Nitin Gadkari hints at inter-linking rivers to meet Tamil Nadu’s water requirement.  

1:45pm: AIADMK leader M Navaneethakrishnan says the Tamil Nadu government will continue its efforts for getting a fair share of Cauvery water. “Our government will continue its fight to get adequate water for Tamil Nadu,” he tells PTI over the phone.

1:35pm: “Drinking water requirement of the overall population of all the States has to be placed on a higher pedestal as we treat it as a hierarchically fundamental principle of equitable distribution,” says the SC order.

Read the full Cauvery verdict here

1:27pm: The AIADMK government has lost the rights that Kalaignar (M. Karunanidhi) achieved for Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu has been cheated. I urge Tamil Nadu CM to call an all party meeting with farmers’ association: DMK Working President MK Stalin

1:25pm: I am also shocked at the reduction in the supply of water. I have to get more details about the actual judgement but I think Supreme Court firmly said that water can’t be owned by any state. That’s a consoling factor: Kamal Haasan

1:20pm: Former chief minister and Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa says SC had agreed with Karnataka’s arguments. “This ruling has brought relief a it has allocated water for our farmers and for drinking.”

Yeddyurappa said, the important part of the judgment was that the Supreme Court had taken the groundwater availability in Tamil Nadu into consideration. “I will be able to react on the whole judgment only after studying it,” he adds.

1:05pm: Leader of AIADMK (Amma) faction, TTV Dhinakaran, tells The Hindu, “The Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery saddens me. This verdict will cause more damage to the Tamil Nadu farmers,” adding: “The quantum of irrigated land in Delta and future of second crop cultivation is bleak.” 

12:50pm: Tamil Nadu farmers association claims that efforts were made by chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami to speak to Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah on the issue: ANI 

12:40pm: Bus services between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have been curtailed as a precautionary measure.

12pm: Commuters at the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border say “transporters are not willing to cross border and are not even returning the money of tickets”: ANI 

11:50am: Senior DMK leader Duraimurugan says: “It was a shocking setback for Tamil Nadu which is the result of the absolutely poor performance of the Tamil Nadu lawyers in the SC. The government must accept responsibility and resign.”

11:40am: Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah addresses the state Assembly. He welcomes the verdict and says the state has fought for the issue for so many years.

“This is a good news for farmers in the Cauvery basin and people of Karnataka,” The Hindu quotes the CM as saying.

Read | From 1924 to 2018: The twists and turns in the Cauvery water dispute case

11:32am: Will react in detail after reading the judgement but prima facie we welcome it: Jagadish Shettar, former Karnataka chief minister.

11:28am: SC says its order on Cauvery water allocation will continue for next 15 years.

11:25am: Rakshana Vedike workers celebrate in Hosur after SC verdict awarding additional water to Karnataka.

11:20am: The lawyer representing Karnataka says he is satisfied with the Supreme Court’s “balanced judgment”, and the award is fair to farmers in Tamil Nadu as well. “This is a good judgement which will go long way in ensuring peace in both the states.” 

However, Tamil Nadu government’s lawyer A Navaneethakrishnan tells ANI: “We believe in verdict of the court and respect it. Surely, this is not enough. We have raised the shortfall of water with Union minister Nitin Gadkari who have two plans to address the issue, one of which is linking river Godavari with Kallanai.” 

11:15am: Tamil Nadu farmers association says it is disappointed with the verdict: TV reports.

11:08am: TV reports quote the Tamil Nadu government as saying it will study the apex court’s judgment.

11:06am: Court also allows Tami Nadu to draw additional 10 tmc groundwater from a total of 20 tmc beneath the Cauvery basin, according to news agency PTI.

11:05am: SC made it clear that increase in share of Cauvery water for Karnataka by 14.75 tmc has been done keeping in view the fact that there is an increased demand of drinking water by Bengaluru and also for many industrial activities: ANI

11:01am: CJI Dipak Misra said while delivering the order, “Water is a national asset and no state can have a monopoly over it.”

11am: SC says 2007 tribunal award of 30 tmc to Kerala and 7 tmc to Puducherry to remain unchanged.

10:59am: Bengaluru to get 4 tmc more to meet drinking water needs of the city.

Read: Cape Town will be the first modern city to run out of drinking water. Bengaluru isn’t far behind

10:55am: Supreme Court says that 20 tmc of ground water in Tamil Nadu had not been accounted for: ANI

10:50am: Allocation of area of irrigation for Tamil Nadu by the tribunal is correct. The Tribunal did not consider the ground water availability in Tamil Nadu in Cauvery basin. Allocation of drinking water to Karnataka is increased by 14.75 tmc: Supreme Court  

10:45am: Karnataka gets additional 14.75 tmc and the state will have to release 177.25 tmc to Tamil Nadu. The total allocation of water for Karnataka is now 284.75 tmc.

10:40am: The Bench of three judges comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar will pronounce the judgment soon. 

9:50am: CM (Tamil Nadu) tried to speak to Karnataka CM on the issue but Siddaramaiah didn’t respond to it. No due water has been released to Tamil Nadu because of which crops in 5,000 acres of land are dying. We believe justice should be done: PR Pandian, of Tamil Nadu farmers association

9:30am: Commuters in Hosur say that the number of buses plying to Karnataka has been reduced ahead of the Supreme Court verdict, reports ANI.

• Tamil Nadu hopes SC will save the delta from turning into a desert, Karnataka wants it to correct what it sees as a wrong award by the tribunal on river water sharing in 2007. It believes that award perpetuated the injustice meted out to Karnataka (the erstwhile Mysore state) during the British rule.

But both states are also preparing for the worst — in view of the violence which marked events related to the sharing of Cauvery water in the past, the two states are strengthening security near their borders.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 08:41 IST