The Supreme Court on Friday delivered the long-awaited Cauvery water sharing verdict. In its verdict, the court announced that Tamil Nadu would get 177.25 tmc ft water. Karnataka will be getting 14 tmc ft more than it was earlier. Karnataka’s has been allocated 14.75 tmc ft more.
Tamilnadu’s share of water has been reduced to 177.25 tmc ft from 192 tmc ft.
The Supreme Court also said that Karnataka can expand its irrigation area. There has been no change in allocation for Kerala and Puducherry.
Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that no state can claim ownership of Cauvery water.
The century-old dispute concerns the sharing of Cauvery river water between Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry.
The verdict was eagerly awaited by farmer coalitions and political parties in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Puducherry. Apart from serving as a source of drinking water, the river is crucial to agriculture in Karnataka and TN.
Both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka beefed up security on Friday ahead of the verdict. Bus services between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were halted by both states.
(Source – PTI)