SC order on Cauvery river dispute; states and political figures react as per constituency
As the Supreme Court delivered its final verdict on the decades long Cauvery river dispute, it emerged that the top court has increased Karnataka’s share of water and directed the state to release 177.25 tmc to Tamil Nadu.
The two states of 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.
It need be mentioned that the it was in 1990 when the Central government created a tribunal to examine the conflict and address the water shortage.
Meanwhile, the politics also heated up in wake of the Supreme Court verdict.
New entrant to the Tamil Nadu politics Rajinikanth termed the verdict as disappointing and expressed apprehension that it will further affect the livelihood of farmers.
He opined that Tamil Nadu government should take steps to file a review petition.
However, the Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy hails the verdict for not changing water allocation to the Union Territory.
Earlier, the administration in Karnataka had stepped up security in wake of impending decision of the Supreme Court and deployed security personnel in capital Bengaluru, Mandya, Mysuru and Chamarajanagar.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari too hinted at the solution of inter-linking rivers to meet Tamil Nadu’s water requirement.
AIADMK leader M Navaneethakrishnan says the Tamil Nadu government will continue its efforts for getting a fair share of Cauvery water.
Bus services between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka too had been curtailed as a precautionary measure. >