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Cauvery river dispute; Supreme Court directs for 177.25 tmcft for Tamil Nadu

Cauvery river dispute; Supreme Court directs for 177.25 tmcft for Tamil Nadu

The top court clarified that allocation for Kerala and Puducherry will remain unchanged

Cauvery river dispute; Supreme Court directs for 177.25 tmcft for Tamil Nadu

In a major verdict, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Karnataka government to release 177.25 tmcft of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from its inter-state Biligundlu dam.

The crucial judgement clarified that Karnataka will now have an enhanced share of 14.75 tmcft water per year while Tamil Nadu will get 404.25 tmcft.

It is however 14.75 tmcft less than what was allotted by the tribunal in 2007.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud had on September 20 last year reserved the verdict on the appeals filed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala against the 2007 award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on sharing of water.

Earlier, in accordance with the 2007 award of the Cauvery water dispute tribunal, Karnataka had a share of 270 tmcft of Cauvery water, which now rises to 284.75 tmcft.

The top court clarified that allocation for Kerala and 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.

Cauvery is the largest river in southern India: it’s 802-kilometre long, originating in Talacauvery in Kodagu district of Karnataka, flowing mainly through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and its basin covering parts of Kerala.

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