Cauvery river dispute

We track the many twists and turns in the Cauvery water dispute tale. The river still remains a bone of contention between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. With the recent Supreme Court order directing Karnataka to release Cauvery waters for Tamil Nadu farmers, protests have spilled out on the streets

By DTE Staff
Published: Wednesday 19 September 2012

The dispute over Cauvery water has assumed political colours. The opposition parties in Karnataka are protesting against the state’s decision to release water to Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court ordered the state to release water from Krishna Raja Sagar and Kabini dams by September 30 to ensure flow of 9,000 cubic feet per second (cusec). On September 19, the Cauvery River Authority directed Karnataka to release 9,000 cusec to Tamil Nadu till October 15. This was the first meeting of the authority, set up in 1997, to resolve the vexed issue of water sharing between the two states and comes on the heels of a Supreme Court order, directing it to decide on the matter. The conflict over the Cauvery river water has taken many twists and turns. Track this controversy through Down To Earth's reportage:

  Though the verdict on the Cauvery water dispute was pronounced on February 5, 2007, it has failed to reach a lasting consensus.   Down To Earth  
  "Shift Chennai to the vicinity of the Cauvery river," says K Karunakaran, director of the Centre for Water Resources (CWR) of the Anna University, which advises the government on water issues.   Down To Earth  
  On august 7 the Karnataka state cabinet gave a fresh twist to the Cauvery controversy, when it decided to propose that the river's water be shared with Tamil Nadu (tn) only for drinking purposes.   DTE  
  What water managers know could rejuvenate the law on resolving water-related conflicts   Down To Earth  
  Of India's 18 major rivers, 17 are inter-state. In all cases, the water is intensely fought over.   Down To Earth  
  At a time when the Cauvery river dispute rages on, the Supreme Court (SC) has directed the Union government and all the states to respond on the crucial issue of networking of inter-state rivers.   Down To Earth  
  Why is everything important reduced to a dramatic farce in our country? Take the Cauvery imbroglio. The issue is serious and important.   Down To Earth  
  As the Cauvery river dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu gets reduced to a politico-legal wrangle, focal issues remain unaddressed   Down To Earth  
  Extraordinary court rulings on two rivers in south India set the stage for a showdown between environmental agencies and the industry   Down To Earth  
  The watermark offailure on the Government of India's mantle glares everybody in theface, as two warring riparian states flex their muscles in the absence of an effective national water management policy   Down To Earth  
  Findings of a panel report on crop conditions in the Cauvery river basin and the delta may suggest water pricing as one of the remedial measures to solve the region's problems   Down To Earth  
  The garden city will have to walk on a bed of thorns with water supply becoming a scarce commodity by the turn of the century   Down To Earth  
  Occamism and chicanery marked the latest in the annual ritual of the Cauvery dispute, with the Prime Minister, P V Narasimha Rao, ordering Karnataka to release six thousand million cubic feet (TMCF) of water to Tamil Nadu immediately at the Supreme Court's behest.   dte  
  A draft national policy guideline for the allocation of river waters has run into strong opposition from the state   Down To Earth  
  Scientists think an upsurge of land may have brought two rivers together to form what is today the Cauvery.   dte  
  Promotion of water-guzzling crops like rice is leading to maximum utilisation of river waters in India. The Cauvery dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is probably the first of such problems that lie ahead   Down To Earth  
  The Nuer tribals of Sudan settled their disputes in more organised and effective a manner than modern societies   Down To Earth  





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