Cauvery dispute: SC increases Karnataka’s share

Team SoOLEGAL 16 Feb 2018 1:07pm

Cauvery dispute: SC increases Karnataka’s share

New Delhi:The Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar in an order given today directed the Karnataka government to release 177.25 tmcft of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from its inter-state Biligundlu dam.Karnataka will get additional 14.75 tmcft water per year as what was allotted by the tribunal in 2007.The order will be in force for next 15 years.

The 2007 tribunal awarded  Karnataka  a share of 270 tmcft of Cauvery water. This will now stand increased to 284.75 tmcft.

The states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala had filed appeals  against the 2007 award of the tribunal in SC and the court had on September 20 last year reserved the verdict on the tribunal award.

The judgment upheld  the 2007 tribunal award of 30 tmcft to Kerala and 7 tmcft water to Puducherry.

The 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.

The apex court said drinking water has to be kept on the highest pedestal.

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