Cauvery row: SC directs Karnataka to release 283 cumec water to Tamil Nadu

Asks Cauvery Monitoring Committee headed-by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to meet within two days and decide water sharing between the two states

By Jyotika Sood
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

The Supreme Court has directed Karnataka state government to release 283 cubic metre per second (cumec) of water every day to Tamil Nadu. Hearing the Cauvery row on December 5, the court also asked the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC), headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to meet within two days and decide water sharing between the two states.

It added that the order would continue till CMC files its report. The Court order followed close on the heels of Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar meeting his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa on November 29 in Bengaluru and failed to reach a consensus.

Earlier in September  the court had ordered the Karnataka government to release 255 cumec everyday till October 15, along with direction to CMC to conduct field inspections in two states to decide the amount of water Karnataka should release to Tamil Nadu after that.

The genesis of the Cauvery conflict lies in two agreements—one signed in 1892 and another in 1924—between the erstwhile Madras Presidency and the princely state of Mysore. The Madras Presidency was given more water for being a part of the British Empire. After Independence, Karnataka contended that it was not getting its due share of water from the river.

In 2007, the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal ordered Karnataka to ensure release of 192 thousand million cubic feet or TMC (1 TMC=28.3 billion litres) water annually at the interstate border in a normal year. In the event of distress caused by scanty rainfall in consecutive years, the tribunal said that Cauvery River Authority (CRA), headed by the prime minister, would work out a formula to share the burden of distress among the states. The matter is in the Supreme Court.

Next hearing will take place on December 10.

See also: DTE rewind: Cauvery river dispute


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  • In one peculiar instance of

    In one peculiar instance of Cauvery Row in the 1980's MGR was TN CM while Hegde was K'taka CM. As usual, K'taka refused to release any water to TN. MGR, suddenly in an early morning visit went to B'lore and landed right in front of Hegde's house.Hegde was caught unawares by MGR's sudden visit. Hegde invited MGR for breakfast and during the course of tiffin, MGR got hiccups and Hegde immediately offered him water. A clever MGR said to Hegde : "My people over there too are having Hiccups. Will you provide them water too? " . A stunned Hegde , laughing later on applauded MGR's wit and MGR returned back to Chennai. The afternoon news line read : "Karnataka releases Cauvery water to Tamilnadu". Alas that was 1980's. Linguistic chauvinism was absent in K'taka. The leaders of both states were charismatic and cordial. Farmers be it tamil or kannada, water is a necessary for all. Will K'taka be gracious enough to repeat this gesture this time ? After all we are all one nation right -aren't we?

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • Can K'taka Counsel appearing

    Can K'taka Counsel appearing before the SC give in writing that K'taka will follow the order/judgement passed by it? Their contention is simple : We won't release even a drop of water. The simple reason is , I believe , kannadigas are jealous of tamils who thorugh their merit and superior knowledge of English, corner all the IT jobs in their capital city B'lore. Besides economic prosperity, TN has always political clout in Delhi. Cauvery is only merely an excuse which kannadigas use to vent their anger against Tamils . Shame on them. I was witness to the anti-tamil riots of 1991 when i heard ppl shouting "kill these tamils. chase them from here." Even my TN registration car was not spared. One kannadiga hooligan who attacked a TN Bus said to me- "See we are gracious enuf. we asked all ppl to get down from the bus and then burnt it.This is our culture." I don't understand what is their culture to burn other state buses. B'lore today is divided much divided on linguistic lines that i m afraid that SC verdict will definitely go against K'taka and i think B'lore will come to a stand still. Shall we see an exodus of Tamils from here as in 1991? Keeping my fingers crossed.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply