Tamil Nadu

‘T.N. can claim only 132 tmcft water’

Dismal scenario: The chances of water flowing into Karnataka’s canals are weak as it has to release 40 tmcft of water to T.N. this month.  

Even as Karnataka sought a reduction in the quantum of Cauvery water it should release to Tamil Nadu from 192 tmcft to 132 tmcft, the Supreme Court on Thursday said it would take a balanced view, keeping in mind the interests of the people of both the States.

On the final day of his arguments before a Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra, senior advocate Fali Nariman for Karnataka criticised the burden imposed on the State by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. The State, he said, was equally affected by drought and lack of rain.

‘Equally affected’

The tribunal’s order that Karnataka release 192 tmcft to serve 24.71 lakh acres in Tamil Nadu had greatly affected Karnataka.

It went against the agreements of 1892 and 1924. Tamil Nadu, he said, could claim only 132 tmcft.

On Wednesday, in response to a similar submission, Mr. Justice Misra observed that the court did not want a “quarrel” between the States. “From the Himalayas to Kanyakumari, India has been considered one nation. There should not be a quarrel in the name of sharing water,” he said.

Karnataka said the extent of its drought-prone area was 21,870 sq. km as against 12,790 sq. km in Tamil Nadu. Citing a study, it said the contributions to the flow in the Cauvery by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala were 425 tmcft, 252 tmcft and 113 tmcft, amounting to 790 tmcft. The tribunal did not apportion the water on the basis of the “settled principles of equity,” it said.

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