Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery: Karnataka gets more water, Tamil Nadu groundwater, 10 points
The Supreme Court today delivered its verdict in the Cauvery river water dispute case. Declaring that no state can claim ownership over Cauvery river, the Supreme Court allowed Tami Nadu to draw additional 10 tmc ft 'groundwater' from total of 20 tmc ft beneath Cauvery basin.
Accordingly, Tamil Nadu will now get 404.25 tmc ft of Cauvery water instead of 419 tmc ft allotted by the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT). The Supreme Court said that 2007 Cauvery tribunal award of 30 tmc ft to Kerala and 7 tmc ft to Puducherry would remain unchanged.
The Supreme Court also enhanced Karnataka's water share. It will get an additional 14.75 tmc ft water over and above 2007 Cauvery tribunal award of 270 tmc ft river water. The court further directed Karnataka to release 177.25 tmc ft of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from its inter-state Biligundlu dam.
The Supreme Court's judgment came on the petitions filed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu challenging the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT), which announced its award February 5, 2007.
The Supreme Court had reserved its verdict on September 20 last year following a marathon hearing. On January 9 this year, the Supreme Court had said that the final judgment would be pronounced soon. Security was beefed up in both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu ahead of verdict in Cauvery water dispute case.
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