Karnataka parties welcome SC’s Cauvery water verdict
The Supreme Court clarified that Karnataka will now have an enhanced share of 14.75 tmcft water per year while Tamil Nadu will get 404.25 tmcft, which will be 14.75 tmcft less than what was allotted by the tribunal in 2007.india Updated: Feb 16, 2018 15:11 IST
Several political parties in Karnataka on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court’s order that increased the state’s share of water from the Cauvery river and revised Tamil Nadu’s water quota.
Karnataka and Tamil Nadu approached the top 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.
Friday’s judgment clarified that Karnataka will now have an enhanced share of 14.75 tmcft water per year while Tamil Nadu will get 404.25 tmcft, which will be 14.75 tmcft less than what was allotted by the tribunal in 2007.
Expressing happiness over the verdict, Siddaramaiah told reporters that he would respond to the judgment after consulting lawyers and studying the final order.
Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy also said they would read the judgment before commenting on the issue.
Former chief minister and Karnataka’s Bharatiya Janata Party unit chief BS Yeddyurappa said the Supreme Court had agreed with Karnataka’s arguments.
“This ruling has brought relief as it has allocated water for our farmers and for drinking,” Yeddyurappa said.
Yeddyurappa also said the important part of the judgment was that the top court had taken the issue of groundwater availability in Tamil Nadu into consideration.
“I will be able to react on the whole judgment only after studying it,” he added.
The BJP’s spokesperson, S Prakash, said there were many positives in the judgment. “Importantly, Bengaluru has got 4.75 tmc ft of water,” he said.
Pro-Kannada leader Vatal Nagaraj said while the judgment was not completely in the state’s favour it was not against its interests either.
“We needed more water for Bengaluru and the decision to ask the Centre to constitute a monitoring committee could go against us. But this is a welcome judgment because it has at least allocated some additional water to us,” he said.
Farmer leader and independent MLA KS Puttanaiah said it was a welcome judgment.
“I am 70% happy with this judgment. This is the first time an upper riparian state has won,” he said.
Cauvery is 802km long, originating in Talacauvery in Kodagu district of Karnataka, flowing mainly through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and its basin covering parts of Kerala.
Cauvery water was originally divided according to British-era agreements, but over the years the two states have fought with each other over water to be used for irrigation and asked for a judicial review. Kerala and Puducherry are also involved in the dispute.
The Centre created a tribunal to examine the conflict and address the water shortage in 1990.
First Published: Feb 16, 2018 14:58 IST